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[pot-pahy, -pahy]
  1. a deep-dish pie containing meat, chicken, or the like, often combined with vegetables and topped with a pastry crust.
  2. a stew, as of chicken or veal, with dumplings, biscuits, or the like.
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Origin of potpie

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; pot1 + pie1
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Examples from the Web for pot-pie

Historical Examples

  • A beef steak in any pot-pie thickens and enriches the gravy.

    Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book

    Eliza Leslie

  • The English call a fruit-pie a tart; the Americans call a meat-pie a pot-pie.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • First thing you know you'll be switched to the pot-pie squad.

  • The following I have found the best manner of making any kind of pot-pie.

  • What those hungry fellows did to that pot-pie would be a shame to tell.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton

British Dictionary definitions for pot-pie


  1. a meat and vegetable stew with a pie crust on top
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Word Origin and History for pot-pie


also potpie, 1823, American English, from pot (n.1) + pie (n.).

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