From Middle English bache, bæcche (“bank, sandbank”), from Old English bæċe, beċe (“beck, brook, stream”), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (“brook”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- (“flowing water”). Cognate with Dutch beek (“brook, stream”), German Bach (“brook, stream”), Swedish bäck (“stream, brook, creek”). More at batch, beck.
- (US) IPA(key): /bitʃ/
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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /biːtʃ/
- Homophone: beech
beach (plural beaches)
- The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned, […] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights. 'Twas the house I'd seen the roof of from the beach.
- (Discuss(+) this sense) A horizontal strip of land, usually sandy, adjoining water.
1988, Robert Ferro, Second Son:
- Up and down, the beach lay empty for miles.
- (UK dialectal, Sussex, Kent) The loose pebbles of the seashore, especially worn by waves; shingle.
- beach break
- beach volleyball
- beach flea
- beach wagon
- To run (something) aground on a beach.
From Old Irish bech, from Proto-Celtic *beko-, *bikos (compare Middle Welsh begegyr, bygegyr ‘drone’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰik- ~ *bʰoik- (compare Czech včela, Latin fūcus), enlargement of *bʰī-, *bʰei- (compare Welsh bydaf ‘beehive’, English bee).
- bee (insect)
Forms with the definite article
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