What does peace mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term peace:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. peace(noun)

    the state prevailing during the absence of war

  2. peace(noun)

    harmonious relations; freedom from disputes

    "the roommates lived in peace together"

  3. peace, peacefulness, peace of mind, repose, serenity, heartsease, ataraxis(noun)

    the absence of mental stress or anxiety

  4. peace, public security(noun)

    the general security of public places

    "he was arrested for disturbing the peace"

  5. peace, peace treaty, pacification(noun)

    a treaty to cease hostilities

    "peace came on November 11th"


  1. peace(Noun)

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

  2. peace(Noun)

    A state free of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions.

    The safety equipment will give me some peace of mind.

  3. peace(Noun)

    Harmony in personal relations.

  4. peace(Noun)

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

  5. peace(Verb)

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

  6. peace(Interjection)

    Shortened form of peace out; goodbye.

  7. peace(Interjection)

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

  8. Origin: 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).

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. Origin: [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. peace(interjection)

    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.

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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


  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

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