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noun (1)

pi·​ta ˈpē-tə How to pronounce pita (audio)
: any of several fiber-yielding plants (such as an agave)
: the fiber of a pita
also : any of several fibers from other sources


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noun (2)

: a thin flat bread that can be separated easily into two layers to form a pocket

called also pita bread

Examples of pita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Roasted squash can become a pureed soup, and roasted eggplant can become a dip for pita. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 Milad hurried to finish his usual breakfast of olive oil, zaatar, and labneh, mopping them up with a piece of pita bread. Nathan Thrall, Curbed, 25 Oct. 2023 The hostages slept on mattresses in underground tunnels in Gaza and were given pita bread, cheese and cucumber -- the same food their captors ate, Lifschitz said. Bruno Nota, ABC News, 24 Oct. 2023 Pork replaced the lamb, and corn tortillas replaced the pita bread. Daniela Cintron, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 The hostages were fed the same meager provisions their guards ate: a single daily meal of pita bread, two kinds of cheese and cucumber. Aaron Boxerman, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Top the smoky dip with lemon zest and serve with pita chips. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Doherty says that falafel suggests a particular set of sauces and accompaniments — like tahini, hummus, pita, or tabbouleh salad. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 The 63-seat restaurant will offer Mediterranean fare that includes house-baked pita, fresh seafood and California produce. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Spanish & Portuguese

Noun (2)

Modern Greek

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pita was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Pita.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pita. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a thin flat bread
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