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piste

[peest] /pist/
noun
1.
a track or trail, as a downhill ski run or a spoor made by a wild animal.
2.
(in fencing) a regulation-size strip, usually 2 meters wide and 14 meters long, on which fencers compete.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French: animal track < Italian pista, pesta, noun derivative of pestare to pound, crush < Vulgar Latin, frequentative of Latin (n)sere; cf. pestle
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  • Leaving the designated slopes to ski off-piste may pose serious risks and may delay rescue attempts in case of emergency.
  • Leaving designated slopes to ski off-piste may pose serious risks and may delay rescue attempts in case of emergency.
British Dictionary definitions for piste

piste

/piːst/
noun
1.
a trail, slope, or course for skiing
2.
a rectangular area for fencing bouts
Word Origin
C18: via Old French from Old Italian pista, from pistare to tread down
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Word Origin and History for piste
n.

also pist, 1727, from French piste, from Latin pista (via) "beaten (track)," from pistus, past participle of pinsere "to pound, stamp" (see pestle).

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