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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When James Naismith hung those peach (or apple, or whatever) baskets in Springfield, Massachusetts, this became America’s game. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, 16 July 2021 Luscher noted peach, red berry, and aromatic notes, as well as good acidity. Tina Danze, Dallas News, 12 July 2021 Generous fruit flavors follow, with clementine, peach, and green apple layered with hints of almonds and minerals. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 5 July 2021 While the Treaty Room, the Lincoln Sitting Room and the Oval Office are done in deep reds and golds with blues or greens, the private quarters are pastel tones of yellow, peach, pink, green and blue. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 25 June 2021 The farm to face formula is infused with peach flower extract for a dose of antioxidants, as well as Coola’s Plant Protection complex with buriti oil and prickly pear extract to nourish and fight free radicals, respectively. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The entry vestibule ceiling is awash in warm tones of orange, yellow and peach, but cleaning the ticket concourse ceiling revealed more green, and restoring the waiting room ceiling uncovered purple and lavender. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 In the standard flavors, Braxton sells mango, dragon fruit, cherry, black raspberry, blood orange, grapefruit and peach. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 25 June 2021 Refrigerate and serve, garnished with sprig of basil and peach slice. Lisa Salinas, Dallas News, 28 May 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Peach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peach. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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