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1 dish baked in pastry-lined pan often with a pastry top
2 a prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages [syn: Proto-Indo European]

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From , unknown origin.


  • , /paɪ/, /paI/
  • Homophones: pi, π
  • Rhymes with: -aɪ


  1. A type of pastry that consists of an outer crust and a filling.
    The family had steak and kidney pie for dinner and cherry pie for dessert.
  2. Extended to other, non-pastry dishes that maintain the general concept of a shell with a filling.
    Shepherd's pie is made of mince covered with mashed potato.
  3. In the context of "Northeastern US}} Pizza.
  4. An especially badly bowled ball.

Extensive Definition

This article is about the baked good. For the mathematical constant, see Pi. For other uses, see Pie (disambiguation).
A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough shell that covers or completely contains a filling of fruit, meat, fish, vegetables, cheeses, creams, chocolate, custards, nuts, or other sweet or savoury ingredients. Pies can be either "filled", where a dish is covered by pastry and the filling is placed on top of that, "top-crust," where the filling is placed in a dish and covered with a pastry/potato mash top before baking, or "two-crust," with the filling completely enclosed in the pastry shell.

Regional variations

Meat pies with fillings such as steak and cheese, steak and kidney, minced beef or chicken and mushroom are popular in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand as take-away snacks. They are also served with chips as an alternative to fish and chips at British chip shops. The combination of pie and mash is traditionally associated with London. Shepherd's pie (which does not involve pastry) is also a favourite amongst people throughout Britain.
These meat pies contain beef and gravy in a shortcrust piecase, often with a flakey top. A peculiarity of Adelaide cuisine in the Pie floater.
Pot pies with a flaky crust and bottom are also a popular American dish, typically with a filling of meat (particularly beef, chicken or turkey), gravy, and mixed vegetables (potatoes, carrots and peas). Frozen pot pies are often sold in individual serving size.
Fruit pies may be served with a scoop of ice cream, a style known in North America as à la mode. Apple pie is a traditional choice, though any pie with sweet fillings may be served à la mode. This combination, and possibly the name as well, is thought to have been popularized in the mid-1890s in the United States.

Pie throwing

Cream filled or topped pies are favourite props for humour, particularly when aimed at the pompous. Throwing a pie in a person's face has been a staple of film comedy since the early days of the medium, and is often associated with clowns in popular culture. Pranksters have taken to targeting politicians and celebrities with their pies, an act called pieing. Activists sometimes engage in the pieing of political and social targets as well. One such group is the Biotic Baking Brigade. "Pieing" can result in injury to the target and assault or more serious charges against the pie throwers.

Savoury pies

Sweet pies

Some of these pies are pies in name only, such as the Boston cream pie, which is a cake. Many fruit and berry pies are very similar, varying only the fruit used in filling.
pie in Korean: 파이
pie in Croatian: Pita (hrana)
pie in Hebrew: פאי (מאפה)
pie in Chechen: Мерзахьокхум
pie in Portuguese: Pastel (culinária)
pie in Simple English: Pie
pie in Finnish: Piirakka
pie in Swedish: Paj
pie in Thai: พาย (อาหาร)
pie in Japanese: パイ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Danish pastry, Deutschmark, French pastry, Mark, Reichsmark, afghani, anna, baht, baklava, blintz, breeze, cent, centavo, centime, chocolate eclair, cinch, conto, cream puff, dollar, dong, dowdy, easy target, easy thing, eclair, florin, franc, guilder, gulden, kip, kopeck, krona, krone, lira, milreis, pandowdy, pastry, pasty, patisserie, patty, patty-shell, peseta, picnic, piece of cake, piece of eight, pipe, pistareen, pound, puff, pushover, quiche, rand, rial, rosette, ruble, rupee, setup, shekel, shilling, sinecure, sitting duck, snap, sol, sou, stiver, strudel, tart, timbale, tipsy cake, trifle, turnover, velvet, vol-au-vent, won, yen
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