[ peest ]
/ pist /


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

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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British Dictionary definitions for piste

/ (piːst) /


a trail, slope, or course for skiing
a rectangular area for fencing bouts

Word Origin for piste

C18: via Old French from Old Italian pista, from pistare to tread down
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