noun, often attributive
\ˈpē \
plural peas also pease\ˈpēz \

Definition of pea 

1a : a variable annual Eurasian vine (Pisum sativum) of the legume family that is cultivated especially for its rounded smooth or wrinkled edible protein-rich seeds

b : the seed of the pea

c peas also pease plural : the immature pods of the pea with their included seeds

2 : any of various leguminous plants related to or resembling the pea usually used in combination or with a qualifying term chickpeablack-eyed pea also : the seed of such a plant

3 : something resembling a pea (as in size or shape)

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Examples of pea in a Sentence

We're growing tomatoes and peas in our garden this year.

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Stir in the frozen peas and chicken, taste for seasonings, and pour the mixture into six 2-cup ovenproof serving bowls. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 Unlike their canned counterparts, frozen corn and peas both maintain that satisfying crunch that make those veggies delicious. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "If You're Cooking on a Budget, You Need These Foods in Your Pantry," 31 Oct. 2018 The woman who gifted the carrots was herself dressed like a carrot, and her friend was dressed as a pea. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had the Funniest Reaction to Receiving Carrots During the Royal Tour," 19 Oct. 2018 No food colorings are used: Thai iced tea turns the grains burnt orange, gardenia fruit yields yellow, and butterfly pea flower is boiled until its petals stream blue. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Thai Dishes That Pave a Chef’s Path Home in Elmhurst, Queens," 10 May 2018 The drink features Empress Indigo Gin, infused with the butterfly pea flower, which gives it a vibrant color. Sunset, "5 Favorite Restaurant Recipes to Make at Home," 22 Jan. 2018 Continue to blend and turn until largest pieces of butter are pea-size and the rest resembles canned Parmesan. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 If that was the goal, then the Helsinki summit has left the president in a pea-soup fog. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 Cheshire Cat: Champagne, orange bitters, butterfly pea extract, lemon juice. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of pea

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for pea

back-formation from Middle English pease (taken as a plural), from Old English pise, from Latin pisa, plural of pisum, from Greek pison

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English Language Learners Definition of pea

: a small, round, green seed that is eaten as a vegetable and that is formed in a seed case (called a pod) of a climbing plant; also : a plant that produces peas


\ˈpē \
plural peas\ˈpēz \

Kids Definition of pea

1 : a round green seed that is eaten as a vegetable and comes from the pods of a climbing garden plant

2 : a plant (as the sweet pea) resembling or related to the garden plant that produces peas

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