piz·​za | \ ˈpēt-sə How to pronounce pizza (audio) \

Definition of pizza

: a dish made typically of flattened bread dough spread with a savory mixture usually including tomatoes and cheese and often other toppings and baked

called also pizza pie

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Other Words from pizza

pizzalike \ ˈpēt-​sə-​ˌlīk How to pronounce pizza (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pizza in a Sentence

We ordered a pizza for supper. I ordered pizza for supper. a slice of pepperoni pizza
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Recent Examples on the Web Both Larchmere Tavern and its resident pizza shop will offer a fish fry for Lent this year. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "8 great fish fry specials at Greater Cleveland restaurants," 16 Feb. 2021 Goat pizza served as Bull Run’s commissary kitchen, steered him to the old Fonda Rosa space at 108 N.E. 28th Ave. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Food cart favorite Bull Run Pizza is opening a restaurant in a prime NE Portland location," 11 Feb. 2021 My daughter is celebrated at the grocery store, at the pizza place, at the deli, and even on the street. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Living in New York’s Unloved Neighborhood," 8 Feb. 2021 Sadly, that pizza has gone on hiatus at least until sometime this spring. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 5 Feb. 2021 There’s even a shot of golfer Brooks Koepka at a pizza party, for all the dads out there. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, "All the 2021 Super Bowl Commercials," 3 Feb. 2021 At the end of the one-day, nearly 700-mile round-trip trek, Eli made one last pit stop at the pair’s favorite pizza spot as a backup diversion. Helen Bond, Dallas News, "The stuff love is made of: A Dallas man’s search for a long-lost childhood toy," 3 Feb. 2021 The Texas GOP has fired a staffer for posting videos showing him within steps of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6 and confronting people at a D.C. pizza restaurant. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Texas GOP fires staffer for posting video from Capitol riot, promoting Pizzagate conspiracy," 2 Feb. 2021 Attendance is capped at 90 students, but never fear — the company hosts a pizza-making class almost every weekend. New York Times, "Savor a Performance Series and Homemade Pizza," 30 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of pizza

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pizza

Italian, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bizzo, pizzo bite, bit, bīzan to bite — more at bite

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22 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pizza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pizza

: a food made from flat, usually round bread that is topped with usually tomato sauce and cheese and often with meat or vegetables


piz·​za | \ ˈpēt-sə How to pronounce pizza (audio) \

Kids Definition of pizza

: a dish made of flattened bread dough topped usually with tomato sauce and cheese and often meat and vegetables and baked

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