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 Putting pineapple on pizza is a wild move that I am personally offended by. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Red All Over: Utah is putting together future football schedules the right way.," 6 May 2021 As youngsters, Nisha Balwani and her older brother grew up stuffing envelopes in exchange for pizza. Geri Stengel, Forbes, "How To Succeed In Transitioning A Family Business To The Next Generation," 5 May 2021 The Garden State just nabbed the title for the best pizza in the country. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, "New Jersey pizza beats New York for best pizza in America," 30 Apr. 2021 Adjusting rituals to include the new baby might mean moving Sunday brunchtime to accommodate a nap, taking more frequent breaks on family hikes or ordering delivery instead of going out for Friday pizza in the earliest weeks of a baby’s life. Washington Post, "Teen, meet baby: Introducing a new sibling after a long age gap," 29 Apr. 2021 However, the off-the-field activities that often go along with those sports — like carpooling or stopping for pizza after the game — are more dicey. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "I’m vaccinated and my kids aren’t: What’s safe for us to do as a family?," 23 Apr. 2021 Self-driving tests are now operating in several states, and Nuro, a Silicon Valley start-up, has received permission in California to dispatch self-driving delivery vehicles and this month began to test autonomous delivery for pizza in Houston. Daniel Yergin, WSJ, "How Electric, Self-Driving Cars and Ride-Hailing Will Transform the Car Industry," 23 Apr. 2021 Amador said the teams would usually meet for pizza after each round in the playoffs. Dallas News, "With rare state title history on the line, Frisco Wakeland’s soccer teams are fueled by each other — and a little competition," 15 Apr. 2021 These days, Off Color has a beer for many occasions — for ballgames, for pizza, for cafes — with more on the way. Adam Lukach,, "New Bronzeville wine bar | Cherry blossoms in Chicago | Oscars 2021: Do we still care?," 14 Apr. 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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17 May 2021

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“Pizza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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