1 n-uncount If countries or groups involved in a war or violent conflict are discussing peace, they are talking to each other in order to try to end the conflict.
usu N n
Leaders of some rival factions signed a peace agreement last week..., They hope the treaty will bring peace and stability to Southeast Asia.
2 n-uncount If there is peace in a country or in the world, there are no wars or violent conflicts going on.
oft at N (Antonym: war)
The President spoke of a shared commitment to world peace and economic development., ...the Nobel Peace Prize.
3 n-uncount If you disapprove of weapons, especially nuclear weapons, you can use peace to refer to campaigns and other activities intended to reduce their numbers or stop their use.
usu N n
...two peace campaigners accused of causing damage to an F1-11 nuclear bomber...
4 n-uncount If you have peace, you are not being disturbed, and you are in calm, quiet surroundings.
oft in N
All I want is to have some peace and quiet and spend a couple of nice days with my grandchildren..., One more question and I'll leave you in peace.
5 n-uncount If you have a feeling of peace, you feel contented and calm and not at all worried. You can also say that you are at peace.
oft at N
I had a wonderful feeling of peace and serenity when I saw my husband...
6 n-uncount If there is peace among a group of people, they live or work together in a friendly way and do not quarrel. You can also say that people live or work in peace with each other.
oft in N
...a period of relative peace in the country's industrial relations...
7 n-in-names ThePeace of a particular place is a treaty or an agreement that was signed there, bringing an end to a war.
OLD-FASHIONED the N of n
The Peace of Ryswick was signed in September 1697.
breach of the peace
Justice of the Peace
9 If you hold or keep your peace, you do not speak, even though there is something you want or ought to say.
hold/keep one's peace phrase V inflects
...people who knew about this evil man but held their peace...
10 If someone in authority, such as the army or the police, keeps the peace, they make sure that people behave and do not fight or quarrel with each other.
keep the peace phrase V inflects
...the first UN contingent assigned to help keep the peace in Cambodia...
11 If something gives you peace of mind, it stops you from worrying about a particular problem or difficulty.
peace of mind phrase PHR after v, for PHR
He began to insist upon a bullet-proof limousine, just for peace of mind.
12 If you express the wish that a dead person may rest in peace, you are showing respect and sympathy for him or her. `Rest in peace' is also sometimes written on gravestones. FORMAL
rest in peace phrase usu PHR after modal
breach of the peace ( breaches of the peace plural ) A breach of the peace is noisy or violent behaviour in a public place which is illegal because it disturbs other people. (LEGAL) n-var
He admitted causing a breach of the peace..., Four men were found guilty of breach of the peace.
Justice of the Peace ( Justices of the Peace plural )
1 n-count In Britain, a Justice of the Peace is a person who is not a lawyer but who can act as a judge in a local criminal law court. The abbreviation JP is also used.
2 n-count In some states in the United States, a Justice of the Peace is an official who can carry out some legal tasks, such as settling minor cases in court or performing marriages. The abbreviation JP is also used.
Peace Corps , peace corps
The Peace Corps is an American organization that sends young people to help with projects in developing countries. n-proper the N
peace dividend ( peace dividends plural ) The peace dividend is the economic benefit that was expected in the world after the end of the Cold War, as a result of money previously spent on defence and arms becoming available for other purposes. n-count usu sing
The peace dividend has not materialised despite military spending going down in most countries.
If you describe someone as peace-loving, you mean that they try to avoid quarrelling or fighting with other people. adj usu ADJ n
By and large, these people are peace-loving, law-abiding citizens.
peace offering ( peace offerings plural ) You can use peace offering to refer to something that you give someone to show that you want to end the quarrel between you. n-count usu sing
`A peace offering,' Roberts said as he handed the box of cigars to Cohen.
peace process ( peace processes plural ) A peace process consists of all the meetings, agreements, and negotiations in which people such as politicians are involved when they are trying to arrange peace between countries or groups that are fighting with each other. n-count usu sing, oft the N