Definition of peace
1 : a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a : freedom from civil disturbance b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3 : harmony in personal relations
4 a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
5 —used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
: in a state of concord or tranquillity
Examples of peace in a sentence
After many years of war, people on both sides were longing for peace.
We said a prayer for world peace.
He tried to negotiate a peace between the warring countries.
There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again.
Peace and order were finally restored in the town.
After years of therapy, he has finally achieved an inner peace.
He is searching for inner peace.
Insurance can provide you with peace of mind.
The problem was settled and his mind was at peace.
They are at peace with each other.
Origin and Etymology of peace
Middle English pees, from Anglo-French pes, pees, from Latin pac-, pax; akin to Latin pacisci to agree — more at pact
First Known Use: 12th century
Definition of peace
: to be, become, or keep silent or quiet
First Known Use of peace
PEACE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peace for English Language Learners
: a state in which there is no war or fighting
: an agreement to end a war
: a period of time when there is no war or fighting
PEACE Defined for Kids
Definition of peace for Students
1 : freedom or a period of freedom from public disturbance or war
2 : a quiet and calm state of mind
3 : agreement and harmony among people
4 : an agreement to end a war
Legal Definition of peace
: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <keeping the peace> b : freedom from civil disturbance
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up peace? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).