[pees, peys]

noun, plural pe·des [pee-deez, ped-eez] /ˈpi diz, ˈpɛd iz/. Anatomy, Zoology.

a foot or footlike part.

Origin of pes

First recorded in 1835–45, pes is from the Latin word pēs


or peh



the 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
either of the consonant sounds represented by this letter.

Origin of pe

1895–1900; < Hebrew pē, akin to peh mouth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pes

athletics, PE, calisthenics, gymnastic

Examples from the Web for pes

Historical Examples of pes

  • Brevipes is from brevis, short; pes, foot; so called because of its short stem.

  • The description of the foot in the diagnosis of the family is based on the pes of this species.

    Extinct Birds

    Walter Rothschild

  • The pes is digitigrade or plantigrade, and has three, rarely four, digits.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • All the limbs are plantigrade and pentedactylate, and the digits of the pes are clawed.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The metatarsals are ankylosed together, and the pes has four digits.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for pes


noun plural pedes (ˈpɛdiːz)

the technical name for the human foot
the corresponding part in higher vertebrates
any footlike part

Word Origin for pes

C19: New Latin: foot


abbreviation for

Party of European Socialists: the Socialist, Democratic, and Labour parties of the European Union, founded in 1992




the 17th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (פ or, at the end of a word, ף) transliterated as p or, when final, ph

Word Origin for pe

from Hebrew peh mouth



the internet domain name for



abbreviation for

physical education
potential energy
Presiding Elder
(esp in postal addresses) Prince Edward Island (Canadian Province)
Also: p.e printer's error
statistics probable error
Protestant Episcopal
(in South Africa) Port Elizabeth
Peru (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for pes


1956 as an abbreviation of physical education (see physical).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pes in Medicine



n. pl. pe•des (pĕdās′)

The foot.
A footlike or basal structure or part.
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