verb \ˈpēl\

: to remove the skin from (a fruit, vegetable, etc.)

: to remove (a covering, shell, etc.) from something

: to come off in pieces

Full Definition of PEEL

transitive verb
:  to strip off an outer layer of
:  to remove by stripping <peel the label off the can>
intransitive verb
a :  to come off in sheets or scales
b :  to lose an outer layer (as of skin) <his face is peeling>
:  to take off one's clothes
:  to break away from a group or formation —often used with off
peel·able \ˈpē-lə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of PEEL

  1. They peeled back the sheet to display the new sculpture.
  2. She got sunburned and her back is peeling.

Origin of PEEL

Middle English pelen, from Anglo-French peler, from Latin pilare to remove the hair from, from pilus hair
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to PEEL



Definition of PEEL

:  the skin or rind of a fruit
:  a thin layer of organic material that is embedded in a film of collodion and stripped from the surface of an object (as a plant fossil) for microscopic study

First Known Use of PEEL

14th century

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate



Definition of PEEL

:  a usually long-handled spade-shaped instrument that is used chiefly by bakers for getting something (as bread or pies) into or out of the oven

Origin of PEEL

Middle English pele, from Anglo-French, from Latin pala
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil



Definition of PEEL

:  a medieval small massive fortified tower along the Scottish-English border —called also peel tower

Origin of PEEL

Middle English (Scots) pel, from Middle English, stockade, stake, from Anglo-French, stake, from Latin palus — more at pole
First Known Use: 1726


biographical name \ˈpēl\

Definition of PEEL

Sir Robert 1788–1850 Eng. statesman


geographical name \ˈpēl\

Definition of PEEL

river 425 miles (684 kilometers) NW Canada rising in W Yukon Territory & flowing E & N into the Mackenzie


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