pease

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English pise, from Late Latin pisa, variant of Latin pisum (pea), from Ancient Greek πίσον (pison), variant of πίσος (pisos).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pease (plural peasen)

  1. (archaic) form of pea, then later of peas
Usage notes[edit]
  • The original singular was pease, and the plural was peasen. Over the centuries, pease became used as the plural, peasen was dropped, pea was created as a new singular, and finally pease was respelled peas.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Anglo-Norman paiser, pesser et al., Old French paisier, aphetic form of apaisier (to appease). Probably also partly from aphetic use of appease.

Verb[edit]

pease (third-person singular simple present peases, present participle peasing, simple past and past participle peased)

  1. (obsolete) To make peace between (conflicting people, states etc.); to reconcile.
  2. (obsolete) To bring (a war, conflict) to an end.
  3. (obsolete) To placate, appease (someone).
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXVIII:
      And yf this come to the rulers eares, we wyll pease him, and make you safe.