plural peas also pease ˈpēz How to pronounce pea (audio)
often attributive
: 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
: the seed of the pea
peas also pease plural : the immature pods of the pea with their included seeds
: any of various leguminous plants related to or resembling the pea
usually used in combination or with a qualifying term
black-eyed pea
also : the seed of such a plant
: something resembling a pea (as in size or shape)

Illustration of pea

Illustration of pea
  • pea 1a

Examples of pea in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of pea was in 1666

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Cite this Entry

“Pea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural peas also pease ˈpēz How to pronounce pea (audio)
: a plant of the legume family that is widely grown for its pods of protein-rich edible rounded seeds
: the seed of a pea
: a plant (as the sweet pea) related to the pea

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