[ pahy-it ]


  1. Scot. a magpie.
  2. Scot. and North England. a talkative person; one who chatters.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of piet1

1175–1225; pie 2 + -et; replacing Middle English piot < Old French, equivalent to pie pie 2 + -ot diminutive suffix

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Example Sentences

“Because Dutch people have these childhood memories, they cannot see Black Piet for what it is,” says Bergman.

A judge ruled that Black Piet indeed is a negative stereotype that infringes on the rights of black people in The Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, St. Nick has Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), a type of servant who hands out pranks as well as candy.

In recent times, Zwarte Piet has become a lightening rod for issues of Dutch identity and multicultural tolerance.

Johnson Mlambo, also jailed in 1963, was singled out by warder Piet Kleynhans, who said he did not move enough rocks.

I went out, and found a Mont de Piet, just beyond the limits of the Principality; they aren't allowed inside.

Et pour ce le premier secours doit estre cette Republique, & non ce qui a le pretexte de piet.

My adjutant, Piet Fourie, however, was not so fortunate as myself.

It was a piet, a life-size statue of the Blessed Virgin set within a semicircle of rocks.

There was a rumour yesterday that Piet had been captured near Kroonstadt, though Christian seems to be the important one.