From Middle English pere, from Old English pere, common North and West Germanic, from Vulgar Latin *pira, originally the plural of Latin pirum but reconstrued as a feminine singular. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Peere (“pear”), Dutch peer (“pear”), Danish pære (“pear”), Swedish päron (“pear”), Icelandic pera (“pear”).
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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɛə/
- (General American) enPR: pâr, IPA(key): /pɛɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛə(r)
- Homophones: pair, pare
pear (plural pears)
- An edible fruit produced by the pear tree, similar to an apple but elongated towards the stem.
- (also pear tree) A type of fruit tree (Pyrus communis).
- The wood of the pear tree.
- Choke pear (a torture device).