\ˈpēst \

Definition of piste 

: trail especially : a downhill ski trail

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There’s little thunder, no off-piste mental excursions, no sense of a writer stropping his razor. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018 Here’s hoping more designers show off piste next season. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "What’s Up Down Under? A Report From Fashion Week in Sydney," 24 May 2018 The group had been walking off-piste when the 400-meter-wide avalanche hit, the BBC reported at the time. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Workers Run for Their Lives as They Narrowly Miss Avalanche in France," 13 Apr. 2018 The activity is typically done off-piste, with participants ascending a mountain on foot and then skiing down. Bloomberg, Fortune, "A Billionaire Went on a Skiing Expedition. Now, He's Missing," 11 Apr. 2018 Tucked into a high valley 20 minutes from Banff, Sunshine is vast and open, more like the Alps than Canada, with long on- and off-piste runs above tree line spanning three separate peaks, including double-black glades on Goat’s Eye Mountain. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Banff's Top Family Adventures," 11 Apr. 2018 Still a local favorite backcountry trail, Black has developed into more than an off-piste destination. Brian Irwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Black Mountain, N.H., might just be the best kept secret in the Northeast," 14 Mar. 2018 The prefecture in the southern Hautes-Pyrenees region said the bodies of the three men were found a day after an avalanche struck on an off-piste sector at the Cauterets ski resort, close to the Spanish border. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 15, 2018," 15 Feb. 2018 But to the director Emma Miller’s credit, that bout is a long, real-time slog up and down the piste, effortful and tough, and a little ugly. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Athena,’ Two Teenage Fencers Parry Ordinary Life," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of piste

1696, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piste

French, from Middle French, from Old Italian pista, from pistare to trample down, pound — more at piston

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English Language Learners Definition of piste

: a downhill ski trail

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