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PPE (countable and uncountable, plural PPEs)

  1. Initialism of personal protective equipment.
    • 2019 July 9, John James, “What Workshop Safety Gear (PPE) Do You Need to Own?”, in ChooseToolbox.com[1], Two Rabbits Media & Marketing, archived from the original on 9 February 2021:
      Any time you turn on a power tool, use a saw to cut wood, or get on the roof of your house to make a roof repair, PPE can help protect you.
    • 2020 April 11, Nazia Parveen, “Priti Patel says ‘sorry if people feel there have been failings’ over PPE”, in The Guardian[2]:
      The home secretary has said she is sorry if people feel there has been a failure to supply sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS staff, as it was revealed that 19 UK health workers had died after contracting coronavirus.
    • 2021, “Dress for Success! Some Things to Know About PPE Before You Handle a Pesticide”, in National Ag Safety Database[3], retrieved 2021-02-04:
      In addition, there are basic PPE principles and practices that must be understood to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in handling a pesticide.
    • 2022 March 23, Paul Bigland, “HS2 is just 'passing through'”, in RAIL, number 953, page 41:
      Having donned our PPE, we walk through the site to the prefab that controls access to the tunnel.
  2. Initialism of property, plant and equipment.
    Synonym: PP&E
  3. (UK) Initialism of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, a university degree course.
    Hyponym: modern greats
    • 2011, David Runciman, “Socialism in One Country”, in London Review of Books, XXXIII.15:
      With his sights on the astonishingly narrow educational formation of the government and opposition front benches, he says: ‘PPE has a lot to answer for.’
  4. (computing, historical) Initialism of PCBoard programming executable: a software component used to extend the features of a bulletin board system.




Proper noun[edit]


  1. (European politics) Initialism of Partido Popular Europeo (EPP (European People's Party)).