WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
peace /pis/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] freedom from war;
    absence of fighting between nations.
  2. a state of harmony between people:[uncountable]Why can't we just live in peace?
  3. freedom from civil commotion;
    public order and security:[uncountable]The police keep the peace.
  4. freedom from anxiety or annoyance:[uncountable]peace of mind.
  5. a state of tranquillity or serenity:[uncountable]a feeling of peace after prayer.
  6. silence;
    stillness:[uncountable]some peace and quiet in the countryside.
  7. a treaty that ends a war or fighting:[countable]an honorable peace.
  1. Idiomsat peace, [be + ~]
    • Idiomsin a state of not fighting;
      not at war:a nation once again at peace.
    • Idiomsuntroubled;
    • Idiomshaving died;
  2. Idiomshold or keep one's peace, to keep from, or stop, speaking;
    keep silent:He kept his peace and waited for me to speak first.
  3. Idiomsmake one's peace with, [+ object] to stop arguing with (someone):She had made her peace with him years ago.
  4. Idiomsmake peace, to arrange an end of fighting or antagonism.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
peace  (pēs),USA pronunciation n., interj., v.,  peaced, peac•ing. 
  1. the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
  2. (often cap.) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism:the Peace of Ryswick.
  3. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, esp. in personal relations:Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
  4. the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community;
    public order and security:He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
  5. cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
  6. freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.;
  7. a state of tranquillity or serenity:May he rest in peace.
  8. a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity:the peace of a mountain resort.
  9. silence;
    stillness:The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon's peace.
  10. Literature(cap., italics) a comedy (421b.c. ) by Aristophanes.
  11. at peace: 
    • Idiomsin a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord;
      not at war.
    • Idiomsuntroubled;
    • Idiomsdeceased.
  12. Idiomshold or  keep one's peace, to refrain from or cease speaking;
    keep silent:He told her to hold her peace until he had finished.
  13. Idiomskeep the peace, to maintain order;
    cause to refrain from creating a disturbance:Several officers of the law were on hand to keep the peace.
  14. Idiomsmake one's peace with, to become reconciled with:He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.
  15. Idiomsmake peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.

  1. (used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence).

  1. [Obs.]to be or become silent.
peaceless, adj. 
peaceless•ness, n. 
peacelike′, adj. 
  • Latin pax (stem pāc-); akin to pact
  • Old French, variant of pais
  • Middle English pes 1125–75
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged armistice, truce, pact, accord.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rapport, concord, amity.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calm, quiet.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged insecurity, disturbance.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

peace /piːs/ n
  1. the state existing during the absence of war
  2. (as modifier): peace negotiations
  3. (modifier) denoting a person or thing symbolizing support for international peace: peace women
  4. (often capital) a treaty marking the end of a war
  5. a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from strife
  6. law and order within a state; absence of violence or other disturbance: a breach of the peace
  7. absence of mental anxiety (often in the phrase peace of mind)
  8. a state of stillness, silence, or serenity
  9. at peacein a state of harmony or friendship
  10. in a state of serenity
  11. dead: the old lady is at peace now
  12. hold one's peace, keep one's peaceto keep silent
  13. keep the peaceto maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order
  1. (intransitive) chiefly obsolete to be or become silent or still
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French pais, from Latin pāx

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