[ pee-pee-ee ]
/ ˈpiˈpiˈi /
Save This Word!

abbreviation, noun
personal protective equipment: specialized clothing or other wearable gear that minimizes one’s exposure to sources of illness or injury, and in medical contexts helps to inhibit the spread of infection to others: Entering week three of this viral outbreak, the demand for disposable PPE, especially gloves and respirators, has already begun to exceed the supply.
British. philosophy, politics, and economics: Gerald is studying PPE at Oxford.
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Words nearby PPE

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use PPE in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for PPE


abbreviation for
philosophy, politics, and economics: a university course
personal protective equipment: clothing and equipment used to ensure personal safety in the workplace
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