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: 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
: the edible fruit of the peach
: a moderate yellowish pink
: one resembling a peach (as in sweetness, beauty, or excellence)


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peached; peaching; peaches

transitive verb

: to inform against : betray

intransitive verb

: to turn informer : blab

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 blossomed from Middle English apechen ("to accuse"), itself an offspring of the Anglo-French verbs apecher and empecher, both meaning "to ensnare." Empecher is also an ancestor of the English verb impeach, meaning "to bring an accusation against." Both of these English verbs can be traced back to Latin impedicare, meaning "to shackle 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
For a fruitier option, the peach cobbler Blizzard takes soft serve and blends it with real peaches and cobbler pieces. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Sherwin-Williams Fame Orange (SW 6346) Homeowners EJ and Whit Brown didn't shy away from color in their 1,400-square-foot Florence, Alabama, cabin, washing a multipurpose room (parts entry, laundry, pantry, and storage) in this zingy peach. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 20 Mar. 2024 Maintain –Keep an eye on fruiting trees and begin thinning for optimum growth, stone fruit such as peaches and nectarines should be thinned 5-7 inches apart while smaller varieties can be kept slightly closer on the branch. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 The main difference between nectarines and peaches is that nectarines have smooth, not fuzzy, skins. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 Flavors are: peach, honey apple, cherry, blackberry, strawberry, cinnamon praline, mango peach, strawberry peach, caramel apple, blackberry peach, apple walnut raisin and sweet potato pecan, according to the company website. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 Berries: Change up the flavor of the salad by replacing all or part of the strawberries with raspberries, blackberries, orange segments, grapes, peaches, or other ripe fruits. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2024 Fruits like peaches, strawberries, mangoes and plums typically reach their peak ripeness during the summer months. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 Light, bright, juicy and jumping aromas of red and black cherries, raspberries, peaches. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of peach was in the 14th century


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Cite this Entry

“Peach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a sweet juicy fruit with white or yellow flesh, a thin fuzzy skin, and a single seed enclosed in a rough stony covering that is produced by a low spreading Chinese tree related to the plums and cherries and grown in most temperate areas
also : this tree
: a moderate yellowish pink

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