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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Miniscalco said when Cagnina was first diagnosed with the disease, friends got together with him every Wednesday for pizza. Steve Sadin,, "Oak Park Bronco baseball champs reflect 50 years later: ‘We felt like we were back in time.'," 7 Sep. 2019 Malnati's pizza is famous in the Chicago area, with 56 Chicagoland locations and three Arizona locations. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lou Malnati's sets winter opening date for its first Wisconsin pizzeria in Fox Point," 5 Sep. 2019 Parents would be invited to attend games and join their children for pizza afterward. Don Stacom,, "Take peek inside New Britain’s $40 million renovation to Smalley Academy," 5 Sep. 2019 Salas’ friend Bea Garcia Fernandez enlisted the help of numerous people in Thursday evening’s event, including Morgan’s employer, Mangia Italiano, which donated the pizza. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas stages a fundraiser — but not for politics," 4 Sep. 2019 Buy yourself a deep dish pizza with that money and eat it with smug satisfaction. oregonlive, "Portland has the cheapest cellphone plans of any U.S. city, study says," 30 Aug. 2019 Kennedi Powell, 3, was shot in the back in June, while eating a pizza outside her home. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, "St. Louis shaken after the shooting deaths of at least 12 children since April," 27 Aug. 2019 For some people, pineapple on pizza is a deal breaker. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Killen’s Pulled Pork Pizza coming to Papa John’s," 23 Aug. 2019 The light rail chugs by 19 breweries (including Falling Knife), while the Korean short-rib pizza at Young Joni is one reason Ann Kim snatched the James Beard Award for best Midwest chef this year. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Cities to Visit Before All of Your Friends Catch On," 20 Aug. 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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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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