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pizza

[ peet-suh ]
/ ˈpit sə /
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noun

a flat, open-faced baked pie of Italian origin, consisting of a thin layer of bread dough topped with spiced tomato sauce and cheese, often garnished with anchovies, sausage slices, mushrooms, etc.

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Also called pizza pie .

Origin of pizza

1930–35; <Italian pizza (variant pitta), perhaps ultimately <Greek; Cf. pḗtea bran, pētítēs bran bread
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British Dictionary definitions for pizza

pizza
/ (ˈpiːtsə) /

noun

a dish of Italian origin consisting of a baked disc of dough covered with cheese and tomatoes, usually with the addition of mushrooms, anchovies, sausage, or ham

Word Origin for pizza

C20: from Italian, perhaps from Vulgar Latin picea (unattested), from Latin piceus relating to pitch ²; perhaps related to Modern Greek pitta cake
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