Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A baked pie of Italian origin consisting of a shallow breadlike crust covered with toppings such as seasoned tomato sauce, cheese, sausage, or olives.

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  • n. A baked Italian dish of a thinly rolled bread dough crust typically topped before baking with tomato sauce, cheese, and other ingredients such as meat, vegetables or fruit
  • n. A single instance of this dish

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Italian open pie made of thin bread dough spread with a spiced mixture of e.g. tomato sauce and cheese

Etymologies

Italian, pie, tart, pizza.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First coined 1935, from Italian pizza, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Byzantine Greek πίττα (pitta, "cake, pie"), from Ancient Greek πίσσα (pissa, "pitch"), Attic πίττα (pitta), from πεπτός (peptos, "cooked") or from Langobardic pizza ("bit, bite"), or from Latin pinso ("I beat, pound"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was then, that the pizza man went on to open the box completely to reveal the Shakespearean tragi-comedy of it all… the pizza velcro-warmer had done such a phenomenal job at keeping the pizza hot, that all the cheese had crumbled and slid to one entire corner of the pizza…

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  • It was only after consuming one of these hearty slices that I finally understood the term "pizza pie."

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  • I have been digging into pizza from a very early age, long before pizza chains descended on Indian cities, long before I moved to graduate school in NYC, where pizza is not just food, it is a food group.

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  • The meeting between the word pizza and a flat bread or focaccia smeared with tomato sauce lay a long way in the future.

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  • Oddly, their pizza is the most similar to what I encounter overseas.

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  • I live in chicago and I just thought it was funny how people from outside of chicago thinks chicago pizza is so so while people from chicago think other pizza is awful.

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  • Next time I'll try what they call the pizza della nonna -- grandma's pizza -- which is with San Marzano tomatoes, grated pecorino and parmigiano, olive oil -- add anchovies and roasted garlic.

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  • My pizza is sure to be one of a kind, my pizza will leave other pizzas behind, my pizza will be a delectable treat that all who love pizza are welcome to eat.

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  • If you have any doubt that our pizza is anything other than “GARBAGE,” come on in or order a pizza pie from us!

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  • If the pizza is as good as advertised, I might even be convinced to make a few knights ...

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