from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A former unit of currency of India.
  • noun An almanac of services used in the English church before the Reformation.
  • noun A baked food composed of a pastry shell filled with fruit, meat, cheese, or other ingredients, and usually covered with a pastry crust.
  • noun A layer cake having cream, custard, or jelly filling.
  • noun A whole that can be shared.
  • idiom (pie in the sky) An empty wish or promise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Pies are sometimes made without the under thin layer of pastry. See pudding, tart, and turnover.
  • noun A mound or pit for keeping potatoes.
  • noun A compost-heap.
  • noun Same as ordinal, 2 .
  • noun An index; a register; a list: as, a pie of sheriffs in the reign of Henry VIII
  • noun A magpie.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Figuratively, a prating gossip or tattler.
  • See pi.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Formerly, a coin equal to one fourth of an anna.
  • noun In Italy, a measure of length, the foot, equal, at Lucca, to 11.94 inches.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An article of food consisting of paste baked with something in it or under it
  • noun Prov. Eng. See Camp, n., 5.
  • noun the paste of a pie.
  • transitive verb See pi.
  • noun A magpie.
  • noun Any other species of the genus Pica, and of several allied genera.
  • noun (R. C. Ch.) The service book.
  • noun (Pritn.) Type confusedly mixed. See Pi.
  • noun an adjuration equivalent to “by God and the service book.”
  • noun (Zoöl.) any Asiatic bird of the genus Dendrocitta, allied to the magpie.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See French pie, under French.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pīca.]

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

[Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā, quarter, from pāt, pad-, foot, leg; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Medieval Latin pīca.]

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

[Middle English.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Hindi पाई (pāī, "quarter"), from Sanskrit पादिका (pādikā).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French pie, from Latin pica, feminine of picus ("woodpecker").

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From Middle English, unknown origin.


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  • this means foot in spanish

    August 2, 2008

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

    March 15, 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

  • What is wrong with that man??

    *nibbles on pie crust*

    May 4, 2010

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

    May 4, 2010

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

    July 2, 2010