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 pizzalike (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 Balance it all out with Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas, chocolate chip cookies, chicken tenders, fries, pretzel bites and kettle corn. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Cinemark Greenwood Corner: 5 things to know about the Indianapolis movie theater's revamp," 2 Jan. 2020 The lunch-only menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches, soup, wraps, pizza and cookies. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Colorado restaurants, yoga studios and even theaters that offer pay-what-you-can experiences," 30 Dec. 2019 There are recurrent calls for tech support, caffeine, and blankets, because the rooms can get cold, like the pizza., "WASHINGTON — Far from any television camera and a half world away from Ukraine, a few dozen Democratic staff aides, lawyers, and House members are grinding away this weekend in a loose clump of Capitol Hill offices, the beating heart of the impeachment operation against President Donald Trump.," 7 Dec. 2019 But certain foods, such as pizza, potato chips and chocolate chip cookies, are almost irresistible. Kaitlyn Rohde, The Conversation, "Why it can be hard to stop eating even when you’re full: Some foods may be designed that way," 6 Dec. 2019 Tailgating is no longer the home of cold, waxy pizza and scrawny wings swimming in cold grease. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Tailgating Fans," 20 Nov. 2019 The Neapolitan-style personal pizzas are big enough for two. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tumbled Rock Brewery outside Devil's Lake is a good place to fuel up before or after a hike," 17 Oct. 2019 Holding it firmly in his grasp, Jesse eventually hands the gun over to Todd after being promised a night of pepperoni pizza and beer. Derek Lawrence,, "Jesse Plemons talks his extended El Camino return, Todd's admiration for Jesse," 16 Oct. 2019 He and his siblings ate pizza and pasta with their grandmother, Princess Isabelle, who was for decades a leading doyenne in Roman society, in a dining room wallpapered in sumptuous red silk. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of pizza was in 1825

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pizza.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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