pied (adj.) late 14c., as if it were the past participle of a verb form of Middle English noun pie "magpie" (see PIE (Cf. pie) (n.2)), in reference to the bird's black and white plumage. Earliest use is in reference to the pyed freres, an order of friars who wore black and white. Also in pied piper (1845, in Browning's poem based on the German legend; used allusively from 1942).

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  • pied — pied …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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  • Pied — Pied, a. [From {Pie} the party colored bird.] Variegated with spots of different colors; party colored; spotted; piebald. Pied coats. Burton. Meadows trim with daisies pied. Milton. [1913 Webster] {Pied antelope} (Zo[ o]l.), the bontebok. {Pied… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pied —   [pje; französisch »Fuß«] der, / s, Piede [italienisch], alte Längeneinheit in Frankreich und Italien, 1 Pied du roi (Pariser Fuß) = 12 Pouces = 32,48 cm; 1812 40 war der Pied usuel (Pied metrique) mit 33,33 cm gesetzlich zugelassen. In Italien… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Pied — Pied, imp. & p. p. of {Pi}, or {Pie}, v. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pied — [paıd] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: pie magpie ( MAGPIE)] used in the names of birds that are black and white ▪ a pied wagtail …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pied — [pje] der; , s <aus gleichbed. älter fr. pied, eigtl. »Fuß«, dies aus lat. pes, Gen. pedis> altes Längenmaß in Frankreich (= 33,33 cm) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • pied — [ paıd ] adjective a pied bird or animal has feathers or fur of two or more different colors, usually black and white …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pied — (fr., spr. Piëh), 1) Fuß; 2) P. du roi (spr. Piëh dü Roa), so v.w. Pariser Fuß …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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