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

a pea.
British Dialect. a plural of pea1.

Origin of pease

before 900; Middle English pese, Old English peose, pise < Late Latin pisa feminine singular use of plural of Latin pisum (neuter) < Greek píson pea, pulse
Related formspease·like, adjective



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

the round, edible seed of a widely cultivated plant, Pisum sativum, of the legume family.
the plant itself.
the green, somewhat inflated pod of this plant.
any of various related or similar plants or their seed, as the chickpea.
something resembling a pea, especially in being small and round.


pertaining to, growing, containing, or cooked with peas: We cultivated some tomato vines and a pea patch.
small or small and round (usually used in combination).

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



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

Examples from the Web for pease

Contemporary Examples of pease

Historical Examples of pease

  • Miss Pease, having been invited out that day, was not present at dinner.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Miss Pease smiled with the superiority of the corrected who is about to correct.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • England should be the first on the sea, and able to impose "pease by auctorité."

  • But the grain of corn is a quite distinct thing from the seed of pease.

  • Look at the two, for instance, through the youth of a pease blossom, Fig. 8.

British Dictionary definitions for pease


noun plural pease

an archaic or dialect word for pea

Word Origin for pease

Old English peose, via Late Latin from Latin pisa peas, pl of pisum, from Greek pison



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 pease

Old English; see pea, of which this is the etymologically correct form.



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 pease


see like as two peas in a pod.

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