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

Giuseppina was a wonderful cook, her homemade pizza and eggplant will never be matched. Hartford Courant,, "Giuseppina Matarazzo," 25 June 2018 The ground floor has a pizza restaurant and coffee shop. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "These Boise apartments opened 9 months late. Now their developer is suing the builder," 4 June 2018 But some companies, like pizza restaurants, offer personalized on-demand deliveries measured in minutes rather than days. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Self-driving technology is going to change a lot more than cars," 29 May 2018 After hearing about Michael Rotondo's personal woes, one national pizza chain decided to offer him a job. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Pizzeria chain offers job to 30-year-old New York man evicted by parents," 24 May 2018 When things seemingly couldn’t be better, a last round of indulgence came in the form of thin crust pizzas and smoked bufala mozzarella. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Puts the Fabulous in Her Fabulous Fund Fair With Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney Goodies Up for Grabs," 20 Feb. 2019 Fresh, bright, and full of veggies, this flatbread is a serious upgrade to pizza night! Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli and Lemony Ricotta Flatbread," 15 Feb. 2019 Ford also experimented with delivering pizzas with mock-driverless vehicles in a partnership with Dominos. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Walmart agrees to work with Ford on self-driving grocery delivery pilot," 14 Nov. 2018 For the pizza outing, Ari chose to wear her hair split into two space buns. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Ariana Grande Wears Space Buns on Date With Pete Davidson," 30 Aug. 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 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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