[ pee ]
/ pi /

noun, plural peas, (Archaic or British Dialect) pease or peas·en [pee-zuh n] /ˈpi zən/.


Nearby words

  1. pdsa,
  2. pdt,
  3. pe,
  4. pe-tsai,
  5. pe-tsai cabbage,
  6. pea aphid,
  7. pea bean,
  8. pea coal,
  9. pea coat,
  10. pea crab

Origin of pea

1275–1325; Middle English; back formation from pease, taken as plural

Also called English pea, garden pea, green pea (for defs 1, 2).

Related formspea·like, adjective


[ pee ]
/ pi /

noun Nautical.

Origin of pea

First recorded in 1825–35; perhaps short for peak1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peas


/ (piː) /


an annual climbing leguminous plant, Pisum sativum, with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds: cultivated in temperate regions
  1. the seed of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
  2. (as modifier)pea soup
any of several other leguminous plants, such as the sweet pea, chickpea, and cowpea
Derived Formspealike, adjective

Word Origin for pea

C17: from pease (incorrectly assumed to be a plural)

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Word Origin and History for peas



early or mid-17c., false singular from Middle English pease (plural pesen), which was both single and collective (e.g. wheat, corn) but the "s" sound was mistaken for the plural inflection. From Old English pise (West Saxon), piose (Mercian) "pea," from Late Latin pisa, variant of Latin pisum "pea," from Greek pison "the pea," perhaps of Thracian or Phrygian origin [Klein].

In Southern U.S. and the Caribbean, used of other legumes as well. Pea soup is first recorded 1711 (pease-soup); applied to London fogs since at least 1849. Pea-shooter attested from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with peas


see like as two peas in a pod.

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