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 Mitsouko softened Chypre’s rawboned extremes, imparting a creamy peach glow to the whole. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, "A Big Stink in the World of Perfume," 21 Apr. 2021 Truly Extra Hard Seltzer, also sold in 16-ounce cans, comes in two fruit flavors: black raspberry and peach mango. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "White Claw's latest hard seltzer is even boozier," 13 Apr. 2021 The lack of a white cast could be attributed to the slight peach tint, which blends out to nothing on my pale skin but leaves a pretty, blurred finish, even with no makeup on top. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Versed Guards Up Sunscreen Is the Only SPF I’m Excited to Use," 13 Apr. 2021 By the way, the desserts that reigning champion Dustin Johnson chose this year were apple pie, peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Phil Mickelson: Masters champion, and Anna Pavlova expert," 6 Apr. 2021 Using a paring knife, score an X in the bottom of each peach. orlandosentinel.com, "Arugula doesn’t make you elitist, it just makes your salad better," 18 Mar. 2021 The town’s most notable landmark stands just off Interstate 65, a 120-foot-high water tower in the shape of a giant peach. WSJ, "Covid Left a Small Town Reeling. A New Generation Is Leading the Recovery.," 26 Feb. 2021 Go with a more traditional manicure look with this nude color and pop of peach. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Abstract Nails Are Majorly Trending for 2021—Here Are 17 Examples Giving Us Retro Vibes," 25 Feb. 2021 The Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature is rich and creamy, not screaming with acidity but welcoming with flavors of white peach and lime. Washington Post, "Making champagne with little to no added sugar is tricky. A respected producer is doing it right.," 18 Dec. 2020 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. 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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The first known use of peach was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

29 Apr 2021

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“Peach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peach. Accessed 9 May. 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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