noun (1)
\ ˈpī How to pronounce pie (audio) \
plural pies

Definition of pie

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a dessert consisting of a filling (as of fruit or custard) in a pastry shell or topped with pastry or both an apple pie a slice of pumpkin pie … desserts include lots of berry pies, butter pecan ice cream pies with a hot caramel topping, flummeries, and crisps.— Judith and Evan Jones
b : a meat dish baked with biscuit or pastry crust a chicken pie — compare potpie
2 : pizza The pizzeria earned its VPN (that's Vera Pizza Napoletana) status … for its authentic Neapolitan pies which are baked in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy.— Katie Jackson
3a : affair, business … she wanted her finger … in every possible social pie— Mary Deasy
b : a whole regarded as divisible into shares giving the less fortunate … a larger share of the economic pie— R. M. Hutchins


pied; pieing; pies

Definition of pie (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to throw a pie at (someone) : to hit (someone) especially in the face with a pie Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope was the latest target of a group of pie-wielding activists. … Pope was pied because he has gone against the interests of Sierra Club founder John Muir and the environment in his stance on such issues as the Headwaters Forest deal, the group said in a statement.Associated Press One of his first duties as cub master was to be "pied" by those cub scouts who sold the most popcorn during a fundraiser to help pay for summer camp.— Carol Malley


noun (2)
plural pies

Definition of pie (Entry 3 of 4)

: magpie


noun (3)

less common spelling of

1 : type that is spilled or mixed
2 : a pi character or matrix

First Known Use of pie

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1977, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pie

Noun (1)

Middle English


derivative of pie entry 1

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pica; akin to Latin picus woodpecker, Old High German speh

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The first known use of pie was in the 13th century

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“Pie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pie. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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\ ˈpī How to pronounce pie (audio) \

Kids Definition of pie

: a food consisting of a pastry crust and a filling (as of fruit or meat)

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