piz·​za | \ˈpēt-sə \

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 \ 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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The children’s pizza place, Chuck E. Cheese, is offering parents a similar deal, pay the equivalent to your child’s age for 30 minutes of unlimited play. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Chuck E. Cheese offer: Pay your child’s age for unlimited play today," 13 July 2018 The person was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain's name. Candace Choi,, "Papa John's to pull founder from marketing after racial slur reports," 13 July 2018 The pizza chain said there are no plans to change its name., "Papa John's is pulling founder's image from its marketing," 13 July 2018 The perfect fine dining/date-night restaurant or neighborhood pizza place. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "We want to know the Best Things in Indianapolis, and we need your help," 28 June 2018 Their favorite pizza place is Folk on the east side. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "Maren Morris Explains How Post-Wedding Bliss Inspired Her New Album," 27 June 2018 The other space will be leased out to Adam and Lilly Walter for a number of businesses including a salon, pizza place and grab-and-go market. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "'Let's go downtown': How Chandler's restaurant, bar scene helped transform city," 26 June 2018 The invasion of the fast-casual pizza places continues. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "More pizza coming to Tarrant. This time it's MOD," 20 June 2018 According to the News Leader in Staunton, police in Waynesboro, Virginia, were called to the pizza place shortly before 11 p.m.. on a report that a man with a knife had grabbed one of the employees and demanded a phone. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "He tried to rob Papa John's — then sank his teeth into broken glass and three cops, police say," 19 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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