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noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. pie4.

Origin of pye

First recorded in 1530–40

pie4

or pye

[pahy]
noun
  1. (in England before the Reformation) a book of ecclesiastical rules for finding the particulars of the service for the day.

Origin of pie4

1470–80; translation of Latin pīca pie2; the allusion is obscure; cf. pica1
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Examples from the Web for pye

Historical Examples

  • Hamish controlled his emotion better than did the Rev. Mr. Pye.

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    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Holgate ceased talking, and Pye removed his cigarette hastily.

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    H. B. Marriott Watson

  • I explained to her the situation, and added that Pye would be placed on guard.

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    H. B. Marriott Watson

  • It was the treasure they looked at, and this was where Pye had concealed it.

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  • I did not return to Pye, but went to my own cabin in an irritable condition.

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British Dictionary definitions for pye

pye

noun
  1. a variant spelling of pie 5

pie1

noun
  1. a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust
  2. have a finger in the pie
    1. to have an interest in or take part in some activity
    2. to meddle or interfere
  3. pie in the sky illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism

Word Origin

C14: of obscure origin

pie2

noun
  1. an archaic or dialect name for magpie

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin pīca magpie; related to Latin pīcus woodpecker

pie3

noun, verb
  1. printing a variant spelling of pi 2

pie4

noun
  1. a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā a fourth

pie5

pye

noun
  1. history a book for finding the Church service for any particular day

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin pica almanac; see pica 1

pie6

adjective
  1. be pie on NZ informal to be keen on

Word Origin

from Māori pai ana
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Word Origin and History for pye

pie

n.1

"pastry," mid-14c. (probably older; piehus "bakery" is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie "meat or fish enclosed in pastry" (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia "pie, pastry," also possibly connected with pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird's habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of "something to be shared out" by 1967.

According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1889. Pie-eyed "drunk" is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill's Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon" (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.

pie

n.2

"magpie," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica "magpie" (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a "cunning person."

pie

n.3

also pi, printers' slang for "a mass of type jumbled together" (also pi, pye), 1650s, perhaps from pie (n.1) on notion of a "medley," or pie (n.2); cf. pica (n.1). As a verb from 1870. Related: Pied.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pye

pie

In addition to the idiom beginning with pie

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