- Peat is a decayed plant material that takes in moisture, or the name for the dried version of this material when used as fuel.
An example of peat is a material someone may add to his or her garden.
Men digging peat for fuel.
- partly decayed, moisture-absorbing plant matter found in ancient bogs and swamps, used as a plant covering or fuel
- a dried block of this used as fuel
Origin of peatMiddle English pete ; from Medieval Latin peta, piece of turf, probably ; from Celtic an unverified form pett-, piece from source piece, Welsh peth
Origin of peatMiddle English pete, perhaps from Medieval Latin peta.
(countable and uncountable, plural peats)
Origin unknown; perhaps a borrowing from an unattested Pictish or Brythonic source.
- (obsolete) A small person; a pet.
Compare pet (“a favourite").
- A surname.
From a Middle English pet-from of Peter.