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[pot-pahy, -pahy] /ˈpɒtˌpaɪ, -ˈpaɪ/
a deep-dish pie containing meat, chicken, or the like, often combined with vegetables and topped with a pastry crust.
a stew, as of chicken or veal, with dumplings, biscuits, or the like.
Origin of potpie
An Americanism dating back to 1785-95; pot1 + pie1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A beef steak in any pot-pie thickens and enriches the gravy.

  • The English call a fruit-pie a tart; the Americans call a meat-pie a pot-pie.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • First thing you know you'll be switched to the pot-pie squad.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • The following I have found the best manner of making any kind of pot-pie.

  • Jack's back, and he said that he would see to this pot-pie himself.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton
  • What those hungry fellows did to that pot-pie would be a shame to tell.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton
  • This dough is very fine dropped into meat soups for pot-pie.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • A pot-pie may be made of ducks, rabbits, squirrels or venison.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • With the anticipation of roast pigeon and “pot-pie,” we rode on more cheerily to our night-camp.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The bird was very plentiful, and instead of picking them for a pot-pie, skinning such a number was much quicker.

    Wells Brothers

    Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for pot-pie


a meat and vegetable stew with a pie crust on top
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pot-pie

also potpie, 1823, American English, from pot (n.1) + pie (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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