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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English pese (pea), from Old English pise (pea), from Late Latin pisa, variant of Latin pisum (pea), from Ancient Greek πίσον (píson), variant of πίσος (písos).


  • IPA(key): /piːz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːz


pease (plural peasen)

  1. (archaic) Alternative form of pea (common plant; its edible seed)
Usage notes[edit]
  • The original singular was pease (meaning “a pea”), and the plural was peasen. Because of the final [z]-sound, the singular then came to be reinterpreted as a plural form, leading to the backformation of a new singular pea.
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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.


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.