\ ˈpēch How to pronounce peach (audio) \

Definition of peach

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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)


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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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The two women—dressed to the nines in peach and powder blue—spoke over Zoom in late January, after Waters sent Megan a letter in praise of Megan’s advocacy. Collier Schorr; Styling By Samira Nasr, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Importance of Being Megan Thee Stallion," 19 Feb. 2021 Wrinkles are actually a good thing when looking for a ripe peach. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How to Tell If a Peach Is Ripe," 6 Feb. 2021 Your wife sounds like a real peach, and a saint, too. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Want a commitment? Ask for it," 9 Dec. 2020 Also on the menu: a selection of peach and apple pies from Susie’s Fried Pies, cold brew coffee from Revelator Coffee, and authentic Indian chai tea from Sachai Tea Company. al, "Longtime Birmingham favorite Ted’s Restaurant adds Saturday brunch; here’s a look at the menu," 4 Dec. 2020 Recently, a peach recall over possible Salmonella contamination was expanded by the FDA. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "Frito-Lay issues voluntary recall of Lay’s Barbecue chips over allergy concerns," 26 Aug. 2020 This practically fuzzless fruit is a 50:50 genetic split between a peach and a nectarine. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apriums, Pluots, and Plumcots—the Newest Stone Fruits You'll See at Your Local Farmers Market," 11 Aug. 2020 And longevity peach steamed buns, which look like the symbolic fruit on the outside, are filled with chocolate. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where to order Lunar New Year specials at Bay Area restaurants, including dumplings and poon choi," 1 Feb. 2021 Calvin Finch explains ‘chill hours’ and lists the types of peach trees that do well in San Antonio in his column., "Express Briefing: S.A. companies’ gear popular with Capitol rioters," 18 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hardly anything compares to the satisfying sensation of sinking your teeth into a juicy, sweet, and tangy peach. Jordan Davidson, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Healthiest Low-Sugar Fruits You Should Be Eating," 13 Oct. 2020 The Peach Truck is making stops in Humble and Porter and will provide fresh, Georgia peaches for your ideal peach recipe. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Food Truck to deliver Georgia peaches in Humble, Porter," 5 June 2019 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., "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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "Use fresh fruit when planning your summer dishes," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of peach


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


1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for peach


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


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

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“Peach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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
informal + old-fashioned : a person or thing that is liked or admired very much


\ ˈpēch How to pronounce peach (audio) \

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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