noun Mountain Climbing.

a metal spike with an eye through which a rope may be passed.

Origin of piton

1895–1900; < French: ringbolt, peak (of a mountain)
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Examples from the Web for piton

Historical Examples of piton

  • Then, working carefully, he hammered the piton into a narrow cleft in the rock.


    Randall Garrett

  • Allow me my piton's shrug for the man who has gone only by train.


    Ezra Pound

  • It's very good of you and Mr. Piton to let us carry little Anna off.'

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Mary Elizabeth Carter

  • Nothing thus could have soothed him better than this talk with Mr. Piton.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Mary Elizabeth Carter

  • Particularly impressive is the beauty of one purple cone in the midst of this many-colored chain: the Piton Gl.

British Dictionary definitions for piton



mountaineering a metal spike that may be driven into a crevice of rock or into ice and used to secure a rope

Word Origin for piton

C20: from French: ringbolt
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Word Origin and History for piton

1898, from French piton "hook, peak of a mountain, piton, eyebolt," in Old French "nail, hook," from Vulgar Latin root *pitt- "point, peak" [Barnhart].

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