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  1. a track or trail, as a downhill ski run or a spoor made by a wild animal.
  2. (in fencing) a regulation-size strip, usually 2 meters wide and 14 meters long, on which fencers compete.
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Origin of piste

1720–30; < French: animal track < Italian pista, pesta, noun derivative of pestare to pound, crush < Vulgar Latin, frequentative of Latin pī(n)sere; cf. pestle
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Examples from the Web for piste

Historical Examples

  • One just has to drive them in a straight line across the piste.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron

    W. Crispin Sheppard

  • He looked in the direction of that voice, proceeding from the group of spadassins amid the Blacks across the Piste, and he smiled.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • On our return to the piste, or flying field, we usually keep steadily at it until nearly dark.

British Dictionary definitions for piste


  1. a trail, slope, or course for skiing
  2. a rectangular area for fencing bouts
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Word Origin

C18: via Old French from Old Italian pista, from pistare to tread down
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Word Origin and History for piste


also pist, 1727, from French piste, from Latin pista (via) "beaten (track)," from pistus, past participle of pinsere "to pound, stamp" (see pestle).

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