pease

[ peez ]
/ piz /

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 forms

pease·like, adjective

Definition for pease (2 of 3)

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 forms

pea·like, adjective

Definition for pease (3 of 3)

pea

2
[ pee ]
/ pi /

noun Nautical.

Origin of pea

2
First recorded in 1825–35; perhaps short for peak1
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British Dictionary definitions for pease (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for pease (2 of 2)

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 Forms

pealike, adjective

Word Origin for pea

C17: from pease (incorrectly assumed to be a plural)
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Idioms and Phrases with pease

pea


see like as two peas in a pod.

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