\ ˈpek How to pronounce pec (audio) \
plural pecs\ ˈpeks How to pronounce pec (audio) \

Definition of pec

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a muscle connecting the ventral walls of the chest with the bones of the upper arm and shoulder : pectoral muscle usually plural His muscular pecs and biceps were vestiges of his short, happy life as a pro triathlete.— Austin MurphyHunky Patrick Swayze got to flex his pecs as a surfer in Point Break— Jim HarwoodIn this totally enjoyable film, Schwarzenegger is witty, charming, subtle, tough and most impressive—a Cary Grant with pecs.— Ralph Novak


geographical name
\ ˈpech How to pronounce Peć (audio) \
variants: or Pejë \ ˈpā-​ə How to pronounce Peć (audio) \

Definition of Peć (Entry 2 of 2)

town in western Kosovo that was the seat of the patriarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Middle Ages population 49,000

Examples of pec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then on Tuesday in his press conference, Mike Tomlin told reporters including Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network that Ben Roethlisberger has a left pec injury. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2021 An orchid branch with flowers crawls across the left pec of Gaelen Genoud, 29, the first tattooon his body. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2021 It’s filled with thirst trap pictures of a shirtless Kubiak, striking poses in the desert, his snake tattoo winding its way from his pec to his crotch. Hallie Lieberman,, 14 Apr. 2021 The Bears, who are waiting on word about the status of left guard James Daniels' pec injury, also need to regroup on their run game after a rough five days. Colleen Kane,, 9 Oct. 2020 Now for a technical question: When does a pec become a man-tiddie? Natalie Morin,, 2 Oct. 2020 The man who will be pushing Williams for the left guard spot is much more of a mystery, as McGovern missed his entire rookie year because of a pec injury. John Owning, Dallas News, 1 June 2020 Men are going toe-to-toe in form-fitting ensembles, plus such accessories as chest rigs from ASRV Sportswear—strap-on pec packs to hold phones, keys and other survival gear. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2020 The 2019 third-round pick did not suit up as a rookie following a pectoral injury in the spring and another pec injury in August during training camp. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pec


1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Pec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of pec

: pectoralis usually used in plural

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