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[peet-suh] /ˈpit sə/
a flat, open-faced baked pie of Italian origin, consisting of a thin layer of bread dough topped with spiced tomato sauce and cheese, often garnished with anchovies, sausage slices, mushrooms, etc.
Also called pizza pie.
Origin of pizza
1930-35; < Italian pizza (variant pitta), perhaps ultimately < Greek; Cf. pḗtea bran, pētítēs bran bread Unabridged
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  • Extortionists began to muscle in asking for their share of the pizza pie.

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  • The pizza was a Dominos, cold and clabbered, but delicious for all that.

    Little Brother

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  • Actually, Domino's pizza sucked a little less when you got it for free.

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  • No matter how big or hungry your family, you can always appease them with pizza.

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  • pizza, the owner of the place, was indicted by the State grand jury, but escaped to Italy.

British Dictionary definitions for pizza


a dish of Italian origin consisting of a baked disc of dough covered with cheese and tomatoes, usually with the addition of mushrooms, anchovies, sausage, or ham
Word Origin
C20: from Italian, perhaps from Vulgar Latin picea (unattested), from Latin piceus relating to pitch²; perhaps related to Modern Greek pitta cake
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Word Origin and History for pizza

1935, from Italian pizza, originally "cake, tart, pie," of uncertain origin. The 1907 "Vocabolario Etimologico della Lingua Italiana" reports it is said to be from dialectal pinza "clamp" (from Latin pinsere "to pound, stamp"). Klein suggests a connection via loan-translation with Medieval Greek pitta "cake, pie," from Greek pitta "pitch" (cf. Latin adjective piceus "of pitch"). See also pita.

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