[ 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


[ pee ]
/ pi /

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


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 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


/ (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 pease
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Idioms and Phrases with pease


see like as two peas in a pod.

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