peach

noun
\ ˈpēch How to pronounce peach (audio) \

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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The palettes are also available in two shades — Starlight Peach and Summer in Bloom — both themed around the same warm shades of brown, beige, peach, and pink. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Disney Finally Launched a Little Mermaid Makeup Collection — But There's a Catch," 17 Apr. 2019 Surrounding the library is a food forest community garden with apple, apricot and peach trees, as well as perennial herbs including mint, chives and fennel, which will emerge from the soil later in spring. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "At 'growing' libraries, patrons collect seeds to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers," 26 Feb. 2018 Choose a native persimmon tree that doesn’t need spraying and pruning, for example, instead of a high-upkeep peach tree. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem," 1 Mar. 2017 My butt looked moisturized and as delicious as the peach emoji. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I Tried Butt Masks, and My Booty May Never Be The Same," 22 Feb. 2019 The little peach outfit is accompanied by a photograph of the princess with her nanny Clara Knight. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Inside the Archive That Houses 500 Years of Royal Family Fashion," 17 Feb. 2019 Have peach pastels ever been used so well onstage, or looked so icky? Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "With “Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury Breaks the Fourth Wall," 24 June 2018 My Princeton painting classes took me to museums, to Philip Guston’s cadmium red, ivory black, and titanium white cigar-smoking Klansmen and John Currin’s skinny, huge breasted naked white women the color of supermarket peach flesh. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 One is a peach bottle with the dripping cream on it. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Kim Kardashian on managing life as a newfound social justice activist and cosmetics queen," 12 June 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
informal + old-fashioned : a person or thing that is liked or admired very much

peach

noun
\ 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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