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Definition of "pie" []

  • A baked food composed of a pastry shell filled with fruit, meat, cheese, or other ingredients, and usually covered with a pastry crust. (noun)
  • A layer cake having cream, custard, or jelly filling. (noun)
  • A whole that can be shared: "That would . . . enlarge the economic pie by making the most productive use of every investment dollar” ( New York Times). (noun)
  • Pie in the sky An empty wish or promise: "To outlaw deficits . . . is pie in the sky” ( Howard H. Baker, Jr.) (idiom)
  • See magpie. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pie" in a sentence
  • "The only way to make sure both the poor and rich have enough, is not to quibble over how to divide the pie, but to * bake more pie*."
  • ""But I wouldn't take his word for a thing if I knew it was so; I went on a still-hunt around that tent on my own hook, and I found a pie -- a _whole pie_, by golly!"
  • "The pie is one that should have a very wide appeal, with the look and flavor of a snickerdoodle in pie form."