peach

noun
\ˈpēch \

Definition of peach 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a low spreading freely branching Chinese tree (Prunus persica) of the rose family that has lanceolate leaves and sessile usually pink flowers and is widely cultivated in temperate areas for its edible fruit which is a single-seeded drupe with a hard central stone, a pulpy white or yellow flesh, and a thin fuzzy skin

b : the edible fruit of the peach

2 : a moderate yellowish pink

3 : one resembling a peach (as in sweetness, beauty, or excellence)

peach

verb
peached; peaching; peaches

Definition of peach (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to inform against : betray

intransitive verb

: to turn informer : blab

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Verb

If you guessed that the origin of this verb peach has something to do with a slightly fuzzy fruit, you are unfortunately incorrect. The fruit peach is an unrelated word that traces back to the Latin phrase malum persicum, literally meaning "Persian fruit." The verb that we are featuring today evolved from Middle English apechen ("to accuse"), itself an offspring of an Anglo-French verb meaning "to ensnare." That Anglo-French word is also an ancestor of the English verb impeach, meaning "to bring an accusation against." Both of these English verbs can be traced back further to a Latin word for a shackle for the feet, and that word is itself rooted in ped-, pes, meaning "foot."

Examples of peach in a Sentence

Noun

fondly remembers his old Studebaker as being a peach of a car

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Moon also employs several of her iconic cultural images, such as the peach, identified in Chinese mythology as a symbol of immortality, and the fortune cookie — which actually originated in California but is identified as Chinese. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Take home art by Jiha Moon at Mennello special events," 3 July 2018 And Ghouta, now a place of horror and chlorine gas, meant orchards of peaches, apricots, pears and almonds that supplied Damascus with sweetness. The Economist, "Bassam Ghraoui died on May 1st," 10 May 2018 Hints of peaches, plums, violets, and peonies are some of the ingredients used in the popular blend. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Byredo's Bibliothèque Perfume Is Here to Stay," 3 May 2018 As for taste, think of a strawberry-peach smoothie made with vanilla ice cream. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "From avocados to kale: How one man forever changed the way we eat | The Sacramento Bee," 6 Mar. 2018 Not all the peaches are in Weatherford this weekend. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Where to find peach dishes away from the Weatherford festival crowd," 10 July 2018 To top everything off, M.A.C and Starrr bottled up two lip glosses in a pale peach shade (Fashion Punch) and a neutral pink (Cream Pie) — both would look best on medium to light skin tones. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Who’s Ready for ‘Sandy Crotch’ Eye Shadow?," 31 May 2018 Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peaches are tender and browned in spots, 5-7 minutes. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: French Toast Casserole with Caramelized Peaches," 30 May 2018 To achieve the copper peach shade, Kasey first lightened her client's roots using Pulp Riot Blonde AF Lightener with 20 volume developer and then used Pulp Riot Blank Canvas to remove her existing purple tones. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "Copper Peach Color Melt Is Instagram's Latest Take on the Peach Hair Trend," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Road-trippers who visit in August will want to stop in Palisade for a crate of the enormous, drip-down-your-arm Kokopelli peaches the town is known for. latimes.com, "Detours worth taking on your next road trip," 20 May 2018 On Madix also got Farsali rose gold elixir but with Too Faced Cosmetics peach perfect comfort matte foundation and born this way concealer. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix & Scheana Marie Transform Their Hair to Celebrate Their Friendship," 6 Mar. 2018 Softball-sized globes of yellow and red when picked in peak season, Chilton County peaches remain the ultimate summer snack. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Where to eat, drink in Birmingham, Alabama," 30 June 2017 Just remember to stop and get Chilton County peaches from the guy beside the road on your way to the beach. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Beach cocktails: Blender + vodka + ? = refreshing vacation sippers," 28 June 2017 Frances Maddax, Feeding the Flock North Side Baptist Church Neta's Fruit Salad ▪ 1 (15-oz.) can peach pie filling ▪ 1 (15-oz.) Rebecca Hancock, star-telegram.com, "Use fresh fruit when planning your summer dishes," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of peach

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for peach

Noun

Middle English peche, from Anglo-French pesche, peche (the fruit), from Late Latin persica, from Latin (malum) persicum, literally, Persian fruit

Verb

Middle English pechen, short for apechen to accuse, from Anglo-French apecher, empecher to ensnare — more at impeach

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peach

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peach

: a round, sweet fruit that has white or yellow flesh, soft yellow or pink skin, and a large, hard seed at the center

: a yellowish-pink color

: a person or thing that is liked or admired very much

peach

noun
\ˈpēch \

Kids Definition of peach

1 : a fruit that is related to the plum and has a sweet juicy yellow or whitish pulp, hairy skin, and a large rough pit

2 : a pale yellowish pink color

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