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

  • n. A baked food composed of a pastry shell filled with fruit, meat, cheese, or other ingredients, and usually covered with a pastry crust.
  • n. A layer cake having cream, custard, or jelly filling.
  • n. A whole that can be shared: "That would . . . enlarge the economic pie by making the most productive use of every investment dollar” ( New York Times).
  • idiom pie in the sky An empty wish or promise: "To outlaw deficits . . . is pie in the sky” ( Howard H. Baker, Jr.)
  • n. See magpie.
  • n. A monetary unit formerly in use in India and Pakistan.
  • n. An almanac of services used in the English church before the Reformation.
  • n. Printing Variant of pi2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of pastry that consists of an outer crust and a filling.
  • n. Extended to other, non-pastry dishes that maintain the general concept of a shell with a filling.
  • n. Pizza.
  • n. The whole of a wealth or resource, to be divided in parts.
  • n. A disorderly mess of spilt type.
  • n. An especially badly bowled ball.
  • n. a gluttonous person.
  • n. vulva
  • v. To hit in the face with a pie, either for comic effect or as a means of protest (see also pieing).
  • v. To go around (a corner) in a guarded manner.
  • n. Magpie.
  • n. The smallest unit of currency in South Asia, equivalent to 1/192 of a rupee or 1/12 of an anna.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An article of food consisting of paste baked with something in it or under it
  • n. See Camp, n., 5.
  • n.
  • n. A magpie.
  • n. Any other species of the genus Pica, and of several allied genera.
  • n. The service book.
  • n. Type confusedly mixed. See Pi.
  • transitive v. See pi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See pi.
  • n. A dish consisting of a thin layer of pastry filled with a preparation of meat, fish, fowl, fruit, or vegetables, seasoned, generally covered with a thicker layer of pastry, and baked: as, beefsteak pie; oyster pie; chicken pie; pumpkin pie; custard pie.
  • n. Pies are sometimes made without the under thin layer of pastry. See pudding, tart, and turnover.
  • n. A mound or pit for keeping potatoes.
  • n. A compost-heap.
  • n. A magpie.
  • n. Hence Some similar or related bird; any pied bird: with a qualifying term: as, the smoky pie, Psilorhinus morio; the wandering pie of India, Temnurus (or Dendrocitta) vagabundus; the river-pie, or dipper, Cinclus aquaticus; the long-tailed pie, or titmouse, Acredula rosea; the murdering pie, or great gray shrike, Lanius excubitor; the sea-pie, or oyster-catcher; the Seoulton pewit or pie (see under pewit); etc.
  • n. Figuratively, a prating gossip or tattler.
  • n. Same as ordinal, 2 .
  • n. An index; a register; a list: as, a pie of sheriffs in the reign of Henry VIII
  • n. The smallest Anglo-Indian copper coin, equal to one third of a pice, or one twelfth of an anna —about one fourth of a United States cent.
  • n. Formerly, a coin equal to one fourth of an anna.
  • n. A Spanish and Spanish-American unit of length, the foot, equal to from 10.97 to 11.13 inches in Spain, and to 11.37 inches in Argentina.
  • n. In Italy, a measure of length, the foot, equal, at Lucca, to 11.94 inches.

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

  • n. dish baked in pastry-lined pan often with a pastry top
  • n. a prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages


Middle English.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pīca.
Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā, quarter, from pāt, pad-, foot, leg.
Medieval Latin pīca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
From Old French pie, from Latin pica, feminine of picus ("woodpecker"). (Wiktionary)
From Hindi पाई (pāī, "quarter"), from Sanskrit पादिका (pādikā). (Wiktionary)



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  • Anyone got an idea about the origin of "pie"?

    July 2, 2010

  • Shockingly, I think it was a woman. But no way to tell.

    May 4, 2010

  • What is wrong with that man??

    *nibbles on pie crust*

    May 4, 2010

  • "Pie, at least for C. W. Gesner, was emblematic of all that was wrong with America's eating habits:

    'We are fond of pies and tarts. We cry for pie when we are infants. Pie in countless varieties waits upon us through life. Pie kills us finally. We have apple-pie, peach-pie, rhubarb-pie, cherry-pie, pumpkin-pie, plum-pie, custard-pie, oyster-pie, lemon-pie, and hosts of other pies. Potatoes are diverted from their proper place as boiled or baked, and made into a nice heavy crust to these pies, rendering them as incapable of being acted upon by the gastric juice as if they were sulphate of baryta, a chemical which boiling vitriol will hardly dissolve. ... How can a person with a pound of green apples and fat dough in his stomach feel at ease?'"
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 172

    May 3, 2010

  • Quite surprisingly, the Wikipedia article for pie is semi-protected.

    March 15, 2010

  • this means foot in spanish

    August 2, 2008