What does peace mean?

Definitions for peace

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word peace.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. peacenoun

    the state prevailing during the absence of war

  2. peacenoun

    harmonious relations; freedom from disputes

    "the roommates lived in peace together"

  3. peace, peacefulness, peace of mind, repose, serenity, heartsease, ataraxisnoun

    the absence of mental stress or anxiety

  4. peace, public securitynoun

    the general security of public places

    "he was arrested for disturbing the peace"

  5. peace, peace treaty, pacificationnoun

    a treaty to cease hostilities

    "peace came on November 11th"


  1. peacenoun

    A state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony. For instance, a state free from civil disturbance.

  2. peacenoun

    A state free of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions.

    The safety equipment will give me some peace of mind.

  3. peacenoun

    Harmony in personal relations.

  4. peacenoun

    A state free of war, in particular war between different countries.

  5. peaceverb

    To make peace; to put at peace; to be at peace.

  6. peaceinterjection

    Shortened form of peace out; goodbye.

  7. peaceinterjection

    Shut up!, silence!; be quiet, be silent.

  8. Etymology: From pece, from pais, from pax, from paḱ-, related to Latin paciscor, Latin pango; see pact. Displaced native Middle English frith, frede (from Old English friþ, freod), Middle English sib (from Old English sibb), Middle English grith (from Old English griþ and Old Norse grið), Middle English saught (from Old English seht, sæht).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Peaceinterjection.

    A word commanding silence.

    Peace! fear, thou comest too late, when already the arm is taken. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Hark! peace!
    It was the owl that shriek’d, the fatal bellman,
    Which gives the stern’st good night. William Shakespeare.

    Peace, good reader do not weep;
    Peace, the lovers are asleep;
    They, sweet turtles, folded lie,
    In the last knot that love could tie.
    Let them sleep, let them sleep on,
    ’Till this stormy night be gone;
    And th’ eternal morrow dawn,
    Then the curtains will be drawn,
    And they waken with that light,
    Whose day shall never sleep in night. Richard Crashaw.

    But peace, I must not quarrel with the will
    Of highest dispensation. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Silence, ye troubled waves, and, thou deep, peace!
    Said then th’ omnific word. John Milton.

    I prythee peace!
    Perhaps she thinks they are too near of blood. Dryden.

  2. PEACEnoun

    Etymology: paix, French; pax, Latin.

    The Dane and Swede rouz’d up to fierce alarms,
    Bless the wise conduct of her pious arms;
    Soon as her fleets appear, their terrours cease,
    And all the northern world lies hush’d in peace. Addison.

    No joys to him pacifick scepters yield,
    War sounds the trump, he rushes to the field,
    Peace courts his hand, but spreads her charms in vain. Anon.

    The king gave judgment against Warren, and commanded that Sherborn should hold his land in peace. Davies.

    Keep peace upon your lives; he dies that strikes again. Sha.

    All assembled here in arms against God’s peace and the king’s, we charge you to repair to your dwelling places. William Shakespeare.

    Shallow, you have yourself been a great fighter, though now a man of peace. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Let him make peace with me. Isaiah xxvii. 5.

    If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me, let the enemy persecute my soul. Psalm vii. 4.

    There be two false peaces or unities: the one grounded upon an implicit ignorance. Francis Bacon.

    Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy!
    —— Peace be with us, lest we be heavier! William Shakespeare.

    Peace be unto thee, fear not, thou shalt not die. Judg. vi. 23.

    The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope. Romans xv. 13.

    Religion directs us rather to secure inward peace than outward ease, to be more careful to avoid everlasting torment than light afflictions. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    ’Twill out; —— I peace!
    No, I will speak as liberal as the air. William Shakespeare.

    In an examination, a freed servant, who had much power with Claudius, very saucily had almost all the words; and amongst other things, he asked in scorn one of the examinates, who was a freed servant of Scribonianus; I pray, Sir, if Scribonianus had been emperor, what would you have done? he answered, I would have stood behind his chair and held my peace. Francis Bacon.

    She said; and held her peace: Æneas went
    Sad from the cave. Dryden.


  1. Peace

    Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups. Throughout history, leaders have used peacemaking and diplomacy to establish a type of behavioral restraint that has resulted in the establishment of regional peace or economic growth through various forms of agreements or peace treaties. Such behavioral restraint has often resulted in the reduced conflict, greater economic interactivity, and consequently substantial prosperity. "Psychological peace" (such as peaceful thinking and emotions) is perhaps less well defined, yet often a necessary precursor to establishing "behavioral peace." Peaceful behavior sometimes results from a "peaceful inner disposition." Some have expressed the belief that peace can be initiated with a certain quality of inner tranquility that does not depend upon the uncertainties of daily life. The acquisition of such a "peaceful internal disposition" for oneself and others can contribute to resolving otherwise seemingly irreconcilable competing interests. Peace is not often in the state of excitement although we are happy when excited, but peace is when one's mind is quiet and satisfied.


  1. peace

    Peace can be defined as a state of tranquility, calmness, and absence of hostility or conflict. It encompasses harmony, peaceful coexistence, and the absence of violence or war among individuals, communities, or nations. Peace can also refer to inner calmness, contentment, and a sense of well-being within oneself. It involves the resolution of disputes, the promotion of understanding, cooperation, and respect for all parties involved. Peace is considered a fundamental human right and a condition necessary for sustainable development, justice, and overall well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peace

    a state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; calm; repose

  2. Peace

    exemption from, or cessation of, war with public enemies

  3. Peace

    public quiet, order, and contentment in obedience to law

  4. Peace

    exemption from, or subjection of, agitating passions; tranquillity of mind or conscience

  5. Peace

    reconciliation; agreement after variance; harmony; concord

  6. Peace

    to make or become quiet; to be silent; to stop

  7. Etymology: [OE. pees, pais, OF. pais, paiz, pes, F. paix, L. pax, pacis, akin to pacere, paciscere, pacisci, to make an agreement, and prob. also pangere to fasten. Cf. Appease, Fair, a., Fay, v., Fang, Pacify, Pact, Pay to requite.]


  1. Peace

    Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. From the Latin pax, meaning "freedom from civil disorder," the English word came into use in various personal greetings from c.1300 as a translation of the Hebrew shalom. Such a translation is, however, imprecise, as shalom, which is also cognate with the Arabic "salaam", has multiple other meanings in addition to peace, including justice, good health, safety, well-being, prosperity, equity, security, good fortune, and friendliness. At a personal level, peaceful behaviors are kind, considerate, respectful, just, and tolerant of others' beliefs and behaviors — tending to manifest goodwill. This latter understanding of peace can also pertain to an individual's introspective sense or concept of her/himself, as in being "at peace" in one's own mind, as found in European references from c.1200. The early English term is also used in the sense of "quiet", reflecting calm, serene, and meditative approaches to family or group relationships that avoid quarreling and seek tranquility — an absence of disturbance or agitation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Peace

    pēs, n. a state of quiet: freedom from disturbance: freedom from war: friendliness: calm: rest: harmony: silence.—interj. silence: be silent: hist!—adj. Peace′able, disposed to peace: free from war or disturbance: quiet: tranquil.—n. Peace′ableness.—adv. Peace′ably.—n. Peace′-break′er, one who breaks or disturbs the peace of others.—adj. Peace′ful, full of peace: quiet: tranquil: calm: serene.—adv. Peace′fully.—n. Peace′fulness.—adj. Peace′less, without peace.—ns. Peace′lessness; Peace′maker, one who makes or produces peace; one who reconciles enemies; Peace′-off′ering, an offering bringing about peace: among the Jews, an offering to God, either in gratitude for past or petition for future mercies (see Lev. iii.; vii. 11-21): satisfaction to an offended person; Peace′-off′icer, an officer whose duty it is to preserve the peace: a police-officer.—adj. Peace′-part′ed (Shak.), dismissed from the world in peace.—n. Peace′-par′ty, a political party advocating the making or the preservation of peace; Peace′-pipe (see Calumet).—Peace establishment, the reduced military strength maintained in time of peace; Peace of God, the ancient cessation from suits between terms, and on Sundays and holy days.—Breach of the peace (see Breach); Hold one's peace, to be silent; Keep peace, abstain from breaking the peace of others; Kiss of peace (see Kiss); Letters of peace (see Pacify); Make one's peace with, to reconcile or to be reconciled with; Queen's, or King's, peace, the public peace, for the maintenance of which the sovereign as head of the executive is responsible; Swear the peace, to take oath before a magistrate that a certain person ought to be put under bond to keep the peace. [O. Fr. pais (Fr. paix)—L. pax, pacis, peace.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. peace

    A monotonous interval between fights.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PEACE

    A mythical condition of tranquillity frequently reported from the Phillipines.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. peace

    Freedom from war, exemption from, or cessation of, hostilities. This condition of affairs is effected and maintained by treaties between independent powers.

Rap Dictionary

  1. peaceinterjection

    Salutation or farewell, comparable to the Arabic greeting: "As-Salaam Alaikum". "And that is to bring the peace, not in the flower but the As-Salaam Alaikum in the third I am" -- De La Soul (I Am I Be) Although everyone from Jews (using the Hebrew word "Shalom") to Hawaiians (using their word "Aloha") uses their word meaning "peace" to say Hello and Goodbye, the use of the word "Peace" that way in English was started by the hippies in the 1960s. Hip-hop updated the term to "peace out", "one" or "one love".

Editors Contribution

  1. peace

    An intuitive feeling, knowing and understanding in our body, brain, mind, soul, spirit, subconscious, conscience and consciousness of being calm knowing our voice is heard and that we are achieving what our heart desires in order of priority.

    Peace is a beautiful feeling and everyone deserves to feel and know peace in our body, soul, mind, spirit and consciousness.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

  2. peacenoun

    peace means serenity

    Submitted by serenitys.73899 on October 4, 2021  

  3. peaceverb

    ♾️.) Mental and physical education ranked as the highest word in its suit in most conversions. 1.) Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. 2.) Freedom from or the cessation of war or violence. 3.) Used as a greeting or an order to remain silent. Dead, in a state of friendliness.

    Our Lord Jesus Christ is the author of all verbal peace. "REST IN PEACE" (RIP)

    Etymology: Elyon Judgement

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 8, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PEACE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Peace is ranked #4022 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Peace surname appeared 8,841 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Peace.

    70% or 6,194 total occurrences were White.
    23.8% or 2,110 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 226 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 217 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 43 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'peace' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1127

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'peace' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2087

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'peace' in Nouns Frequency: #529

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peace in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of peace in a Sentence

  1. Rex Tillerson:

    Iran spends its treasure and time disrupting peace, iran’s nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to international peace and security.

  2. Lindsay Lohan:

    I love living in New York, but I do love the serenity and peace that I find living in the Middle East because there are no cameras in Dubai and I can actually focus on what I want do in life, i don’t always have to be scrutinized every second. I can have a private life and have a public life, but when I choose to. And I think they’re really important.

  3. Raina Nicole:

    Your mind must be set on peace at times of grief .. sorrows may follow when they go beneath but rejoice and give praise for they now will see better days.

  4. Bill de Blasio:

    To call this vile is an understatement. Eid is a moment to celebrate peace, community and family, an attack on that is an attack on all New Yorkers.

  5. Courteney Ross:

    Waking upthis morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd, he loved the city. He came here [from Houston] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities. Floyd was a gentle giant. He was about love and about peace.

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