noun, plural peas (Archaic or British Dialect) pease or peasen [pee-zuh n] /ˈpi zən/ (Show IPA)
the round, edible seed of a widely cultivated plant, Pisum sativum, of the legume family.
the plant itself.
the green, somewhat inflated pod of this plant.
any of various related or similar plants or their seed, as the chickpea.
something resembling a pea, especially in being small and round.
pertaining to, growing, containing, or cooked with peas:
We cultivated some tomato vines and a pea patch.
small or small and round (usually used in combination).
3 (def 4).
an annual climbing leguminous plant, Pisum sativum, with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds: cultivated in temperate regions
any of several other leguminous plants, such as the sweet pea, chickpea, and cowpea
early or mid-17c., false singular from Middle English pease (plural pesen), which was both single and collective (e.g. wheat, corn) but the “s” sound was mistaken for the plural inflection. From Old English pise (West Saxon), piose (Mercian) “pea,” from Late Latin pisa, variant of Latin pisum “pea,” from Greek pison “the pea,” perhaps of Thracian or Phrygian origin [Klein].
In Southern U.S. and the Caribbean, used of other legumes as well. Pea soup is first recorded 1711 (pease-soup); applied to London fogs since at least 1849. Pea-shooter attested from 1803.
see: like as two peas in a pod
[pez-uh nt] /ˈpɛz ənt/ noun 1. a member of a class of persons, as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, who are small farmers or farm laborers of low social rank. 2. a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial means. adjective 3. of, relating to, or characteristic of peasants or their traditions, way […]
- Peasant economy
noun an economy based on agriculture which is produced by family units
noun 1. a peasant who owns land, especially the land he or she tills.
[pez-uh n-tree] /ˈpɛz ən tri/ noun 1. collectively. 2. the status or character of a . /ˈpɛzəntrɪ/ noun 1. peasants as a class 2. conduct characteristic of peasants 3. the status of a peasant n. 1550s, from peasant + -ry.