Definition of peel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//piːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//piːl//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the thick outer layer of some fruits and vegetables orange/lemon peel (North American English also) an orange/a lemon peel compare rind, skin, zest
  2. 2peels [plural] (North American English) = peelings
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘to plunder’): variant of dialect pill, from Latin pilare ‘to strip hair from’, from pilus ‘hair’. The differentiation of peel and pill may have been by association with the French verbs peler ‘to peel’ and piller ‘to pillage’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: peel