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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Recent Examples on the Web

For the Amazon lunch rush, there are pizzas and panini such as a porchetta sandwich. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 Add pepperoni and the same pizza is subject to different standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Susan E. Dudley And, WSJ, "Commissions Are Mulvaney’s Error of Omission," 5 Aug. 2018 For the hundreds who waited in line in Culver City and other Blaze Pizza stores across Los Angeles, there was free pizza but no LeBron James. Daniel O'boyle,, "The pizza party celebrating LeBron James coming to L.A. goes on without him," 11 July 2018 The contests themselves, there’s hot dogs, there’s chicken wings, there's pizza. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Talking With The Bear: Jamie McDonald Of Bear's Smokehouse," 21 June 2018 Most pizzas and entrees are in the $10 to $16 price range. Pam Kragen,, "New 7 Mile restaurant part of Sheraton revamp in Carlsbad," 14 June 2018 DiCarlo's specialty is pepperoni pizza with the cheese and topping added after the crust has baked. Melissa Reinert,, "DiCarlo's unique pizza sparking interest in NKY," 14 June 2018 Another enjoyable, if not simple, starter is the zaatar pizza ($7.50). Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "The Grape Leaf's food - and patio - will take you to the Mediterranean," 6 June 2018 At 17, Ava made her spending money with a job at a pizza place. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon Had a Twinning Moment with Her Daughter Ava Phillippe at a Gala in L.A.," 22 Oct. 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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