peace·​keep·​ing ˈpēs-ˌkē-piŋ How to pronounce peacekeeping (audio)
: the preserving of peace
especially : international enforcement and supervision of a truce between hostile states or communities
peacekeeper noun

Examples of peacekeeping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kenya has in the past played a major role in supporting UN peacekeeping initiatives and African Union peace missions. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 3 Oct. 2023 Video shows large crowds of frightened civilians, many with young children, seeking shelter at a Russian peacekeeping base. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 Netflix Close plays the King of Diamonds, one of the leaders of the international peacekeeping agency known as the Charter. Temi Adebowale, Men's Health, 18 Aug. 2023 Shortly after the attack, a French peacekeeping mission was also targeted, killing 58 French paratroopers. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2023 The mission included a peacekeeping force, and 1244 ordered Yugoslavia’s forces out. Dahlia Scheindlin, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Here, the precedent of a 2023 Security Council resolution authorizing a Kenyan peacekeeping force in Haiti permits a non-UN mission to draw, on a reimbursable basis, from UN supply stocks. Steven Simon, Foreign Affairs, 18 Oct. 2023 The president says that this is a peacekeeping mission, because Georgia attacked South Ossetia. Bela Shayevich, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 Barak and others have suggested that a post-Hamas order in Gaza might begin with an interim peacekeeping force provided by Egypt and other Arab countries. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peacekeeping was in 1910

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“Peacekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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peace·​keep·​ing ˈpē-ˌskē-piŋ How to pronounce peacekeeping (audio)
: the enforcing of a truce between countries or groups by an international military force

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