Definition of beech in English:


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Pronunciation: /biːtʃ


1 (also beech tree) A large tree with smooth grey bark, glossy leaves, and hard, pale fine-grained timber.
More example sentences
  • Suppose you are like me and cannot tell an elm tree from a beech tree.
  • Nestled amid those trails and orange red maples, oaks, beeches and birches was the Lost River.
  • Oaks, sycamores and beeches dotted well-tended lawns bordered by tarmacked paths and signposted at every junction.
1.1 (also beechwood) [mass noun] The hard, pale fine-grained timber of the beech: a worktop in solid beech
More example sentences
  • It looks like the leg of a very large beechwood coffee table.
  • There are 72 in all, with big beechwood bedheads and furniture, white-tiled bathrooms and flowers everywhere (annual bill £34,000).
  • Now she walked over to that chair and stroked her fingers across the top of its beechwood frame.


Old English bēce, of Germanic origin; related to Latin fagus 'beech', Greek phagos 'edible oak'.

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