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pie

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[ pahy ]
/ paɪ /
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noun

a baked food having a filling of fruit, meat, pudding, etc., prepared in a pastry-lined pan or dish and often topped with a pastry crust: apple pie; meat pie.
a layer cake with a filling of custard, cream jelly, or the like: chocolate cream pie.
a total or whole that can be divided: They want a bigger part of the profit pie.
an activity or affair: He has his finger in the political pie too.

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Origin of pie

1
First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English pi(e), pey; of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM pie

pielike, adjective

Definition for pie (2 of 6)

pie2
[ pahy ]
/ paɪ /

noun

Origin of pie

2
First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English pi(e), peie, from Old French, from Latin pīca, akin to pīcus “woodpecker”

Definition for pie (3 of 6)

pie3
[ pahy ]
/ paɪ /

noun, verb (used with object), pied, pie·ing.

a spelling variant of pi2.

Definition for pie (4 of 6)

pie4

or pye

[ pahy ]
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noun

(in England before the Reformation) a book of ecclesiastical rules for finding the particulars of the service for the day.

Origin of pie

4
First recorded in 1470–80; translation of Latin pīca “magpie”; (the allusion is obscure); cf. pica1, pie2

Definition for pie (5 of 6)

pie5
[ pahy ]
/ paɪ /

noun

a former bronze coin of India, the 12th part of an anna.

Origin of pie

5
First recorded in 1855–60; from Hindi pāī “quarter, fourth part,” from Sanskrit pādikā; cf. pada; see also pice

Definition for pie (6 of 6)

PIE

abbreviation

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British Dictionary definitions for pie (1 of 6)

pie1
/ (paɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pie

C14: of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for pie (2 of 6)

pie2
/ (paɪ) /

noun

an archaic or dialect name for magpie

Word Origin for pie

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

British Dictionary definitions for pie (3 of 6)

pie3
/ (paɪ) /

noun, verb

printing a variant spelling of pi 2

British Dictionary definitions for pie (4 of 6)

pie4
/ (paɪ) /

noun

a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice

Word Origin for pie

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

British Dictionary definitions for pie (5 of 6)

pie5

pye

/ (paɪ) /

noun

history a book for finding the Church service for any particular day

Word Origin for pie

C15: from Medieval Latin pica almanac; see pica 1

British Dictionary definitions for pie (6 of 6)

pie6
/ (paɪ) /

adjective

be pie on NZ informal to be keen on

Word Origin for pie

from Māori pai ana
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Idioms and Phrases with pie

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