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pie definition

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This page has 40 definitions of pie with English translations in 11 languages. Pie is a noun, verb, an adverb, an adjective, preposition and romanization. Examples of how to use pie in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English pie definition

Unsliced lemon meringue pie.

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English pye, pie, probably from Latin pīca (magpie, jay) (from the idea of the many ingredients put into pies likened to the tendency of magpies to bring a variety of objects back to their nests).

Noun

pie (countable and uncountable, plural pies)

  1. A type of pastry that consists of an outer crust and a filling.
    The family had steak and kidney pie for dinner and cherry pie for dessert.
  2. Any of various other, non-pastry dishes that maintain the general concept of a shell with a filling.
    Shepherd's pie is made of mince covered with mashed potato.
  3. (Northeastern US) A pizza.
  4. (figuratively) The whole of a wealth or resource, to be divided in parts.
    • 2010 December 4, Evan Thomas, “Why It’s Time to Worry”, in Newsweek[1]:
      It is easier to get along when everyone, more or less, is getting ahead. But when the pie is shrinking, social groups are more likely to turn on each other.
  5. (letterpress typography) A disorderly mess of spilt type.
  6. (cricket) An especially badly bowled ball.
  7. A pie chart.
    • 1986, Carolyn Sorensen, Henry J. Stock, Department of Education Computer Graphics Guide, page 8:
      Pies are best for comparing the components of only one or two totals.
  8. (slang) The vulva.
    • 1981, William Kotzwinkle, Jack in the Box:
      "Yeah, take it off!" "SHOW US YOUR PIE!" The brunette opened the catch on her G-string and let the sequinned cloth slip down, teasing them with it.
    • 2010, W. A. Moltinghorne, Magnolia Park, page 238:
      Yeah, some guys like to eat the old hairy pie. Women, too, or so I've heard.
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Verb

pie (third-person singular simple present pies, present participle pieing, simple past and past participle pied)

  1. (transitive) To hit in the face with a pie, either for comic effect or as a means of protest (see also pieing).
    I'd like to see someone pie the chairman of the board.
  2. (transitive) To go around (a corner) in a guarded manner.
  3. (transitive) (of printing types) To reduce to confusion; to jumble.
    • 1943, Esther Forbes Hoskins, Johnny Tremain:
      The door of the [printing] shop was shattered. He went in. The presses were broken. The type pied.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English pye, from Old French pie, from Latin pīca, feminine of pīcus (woodpecker), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peyk- (woodpecker; magpie). Cognate with speight.

Noun

pie (plural pies)

  1. (obsolete) Magpie.
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Etymology 3

Borrowed from Hindi पाई (pāī, quarter), from Sanskrit पादिका (pādikā).

Noun

pie (plural pie or pies)

  1. (historical) The smallest unit of currency in South Asia, equivalent to 1192 of a rupee or 112 of an anna.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, “The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes”, in The Phantom ’Rickshaw and Other Tales, Folio Society, published 2005, page 117:
      I gave him all the money in my possession, Rs.9.8.5. – nine rupees, eight annas, and five pie – for I always keep small change as bakshish when I am in camp.
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Asturian pie definition

Etymology

From Latin pes, pedem.

Noun

pie m (plural pies)

  1. foot

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Esperanto pie definition

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Adverb

pie

  1. piously
    • 1922, Ivan H. Krestanoff (tr.), “En la tombejo”, in Nuntempaj Rakontoj[2], Leipzig: Ferdinand Hirt & Sohn, translation of original by G. P. Stamatov, page 15:
      Nadja pie stariĝis apud la kruco.
      Nadia piously stood next to the cross.

French pie definition

Etymology

From Old French pie, from Latin pica, feminine of picus (woodpecker).

Pronunciation

Noun

une pie

pie f (plural pies)

  1. magpie

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Italian pie definition

Adjective

pie f pl

  1. feminine plural of pio

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Latin pie definition

Etymology 1

Adverb

piē (comparative pius, superlative pissimē)

  1. piously, devoutly
  2. dutifully, loyally

Etymology 2

Adjective

pie

  1. vocative masculine singular of pius

References

  • pie in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pie in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pie in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[3], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to show an affectionate regard for a person's memory: memoriam alicuius pie inviolateque servare
    • (ambiguous) to be an earnest worshipper of the gods: deos sancte, pie venerari

Latvian pie definition

Preposition

pie (with genitive)

  1. at
    es biju pie tēvaI was at my father's
  2. on
    māja pie jūrasa house on the sea
  3. to
    braukšu pie tevisI will go to your place

Mandarin pie definition

Romanization

pie

  1. Nonstandard spelling of piē.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of piě.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of piè.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Middle English pie definition

Etymology 1

From Medieval Latin pīca.

Noun

pie

  1. Alternative form of pye (pie)

Etymology 2

From Old French pie.

Noun

pie

  1. Alternative form of pye (magpie)

Norman pie definition

Etymology

From Old French pie, from Latin pica, feminine of picus (woodpecker).

Pronunciation

  • (file)

Noun

pie f (plural pies)

  1. (Jersey) female magpie

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Old French pie definition

Etymology

From Latin pīca.

Noun

pie f (oblique plural pies, nominative singular pie, nominative plural pies)

  1. magpie

Descendants

  • English: pie
  • French: pie
  • Norman: pie (Jersey)

Old Spanish pie definition

Etymology

From Latin pedem, singular accusative of pēs, from Proto-Indo-European *pṓds..

Pronunciation

Noun

pie m (plural pies)

  1. (anatomy) foot
    • c. 1200, Almerich, Fazienda de Ultramar, f. 28r.
      Vinieró al flú con el arca del teſtamét e q́ndo cataron los pies de los ſaćdotes enel agua partieró ſe las aguas adieſtro ¬ aſinieſtro e eſtidieró cuemo mótó []
      They came to the river with the Ark of the Testimony, and when the feet of the priests touched the water the waters parted to the right and to the left, and they stood up like a heap []
  2. foot; the base of a mountain
    • c. 1200, Almerich, Fazienda de Ultramar, f. 18r.
      Aduxo moẏſé el pueblo del albergada. Al encuétro del nŕo sénor e eſtidieró al pie del mót en móte sẏnaẏ.
      Moses led the people from the camp to meet Our Lord, and they stood at the foot of the mountain, Mount Sinai.

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Portuguese pie definition

Verb

pie

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of piar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of piar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of piar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of piar

Spanish pie definition

Los pies de un hombre

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpje/, [ˈpje]
  • Hyphenation: pie

Etymology 1

From Old Spanish pie, from Latin pedem, accusative singular of pēs, from Proto-Indo-European *pṓds.

Noun

pie m (plural pies)

  1. foot (of a person)
    Synonym: (of an animal) pata
  2. (poetry) foot
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Etymology 2

Verb

pie

  1. First-person singular (yo) preterite indicative form of piar.
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Etymology 3

Borrowed from English pie.

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Noun

pie m (plural pies)

  1. (Central America, South America) pie
Usage notes

Spanish-speaking Central and South Americans use the English loanword pie to refer to certain kinds of pies but not all kinds of pies. Some types of pies are referred to as tarta. It very much depends on the region for which term to use. Tarta is much more frequent, however.

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Derived terms
  • pie de parchita (passionfruit cheesecake) (especially in Venezuela)
  • pie de limón (lemon pie) (Central and South America)

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