pease

[ peez ]
/ piz /

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

a pea.
British Dialect. a plural of pea1.

Nearby words

  1. peary, robert edwin,
  2. peasant,
  3. peasant proprietor,
  4. peasantry,
  5. peasanty,
  6. pease pudding,
  7. pease-brose,
  8. peasecod,
  9. peasecod breastplate,
  10. peasen

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

pea

1
[ pee ]
/ pi /

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

adjective

Origin of pea

1
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

pea

2
[ pee ]
/ pi /

noun Nautical.

Origin of pea

2
First recorded in 1825–35; perhaps short for peak1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pease


British Dictionary definitions for pease

pease

/ (piːz) /

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

pea

/ (piː) /

noun

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)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pease
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pease

pea

see like as two peas in a pod.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.