Definition of peach
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 skinb : the edible fruit of the peach
2 : a moderate yellowish pink
3 : one resembling a peach (as in sweetness, beauty, or excellence)
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Examples of peach in a sentence
fondly remembers his old Studebaker as being a peach of a car
Origin and Etymology of peach
Middle English peche, from Anglo-French pesche, peche (the fruit), from Late Latin persica, from Latin (malum) persicum, literally, Persian fruit
First Known Use: 14th century
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of peach
Middle English pechen, short for apechen to accuse, from Anglo-French apecher, empecher to ensnare — more at impeach
First Known Use: 1560
PEACH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peach for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of peach for Students
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
History for peach
When the peach, which is native to China, was introduced to the Roman Empire, it was known in Greek as mēlon Persikon and in Latin as malum Persicum. Both names literally meant “Persian apple.” (Persia is a traditional name for the Asian country now known as “Iran.”) The fruit may not have reached the Mediterranean region directly from Persia, and “Persian” in the name may just mean that people felt it came from somewhere in the east. Latin malum Persicum was shortened to persicum, which later became persica. Latin persica developed into pesche in Old French, and this word became the source of English peach.
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