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

Along with the farm’s eight acres of peaches, a sunflower attraction has been added for visitors and a 2,000-square-foot barn for parties and events like weddings is in the works. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, "As Florida citrus fades, farmers diversify with a store, a maze and new crops," 16 Aug. 2019 Set off with bits of summery peaches and smoky Aleppo pepper, a crudo of scallops nevertheless projects the clean appeal of the featured attraction. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Shilling Canning Company, history outshines much of the menu," 2 Aug. 2019 Bring three cans of peaches or pears in 100% natural juice to the Hunger Task Force tent across from the Mid-Gate between noon and 2 p.m. to receive free admission. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The headliners and the details you need to know for Black Arts Fest MKE," 29 July 2019 By 1935, Fredericksburg had an abundant supply of peaches. Lynn Brezosky, ExpressNews.com, "Hill Country jelly and sauce maker is building an empire," 25 July 2019 Come winter, pages of glistening peaches and plums will transport readers to sunny months, when the best thing about a long balmy walk might be the cold treat that follows. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "This Summer’s Prettiest Cookbook Comes From Cult Ice Cream-Maker La Grotta," 18 July 2019 Touches of peach warm the light of the sweet-as-frosting pink surface. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Brilliant color, and glimmers of more," 3 July 2019 The kernels of wild almond varieties—and also the pits of peaches, cherries and other stone fruits—have chemical compounds that contain cyanide. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome," 13 June 2019 Cherry peach yogurt bark Ingredients Greek yogurt with honey or flavor of choice Peaches, sliced Cherries, pitted and halved Pistachios, peeled To serve Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. NBC News, "The ultimate summer snack: 5-minute frozen cherry peach yogurt bark," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. 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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