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[peest] /pist/
a track or trail, as a downhill ski run or a spoor made by a wild animal.
(in fencing) a regulation-size strip, usually 2 meters wide and 14 meters long, on which fencers compete.
Origin of piste
1720-30; < French: animal track < Italian pista, pesta, noun derivative of pestare to pound, crush < Vulgar Latin, frequentative of Latin (n)sere; cf. pestle Unabridged
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  • On our return to the piste, or flying field, we usually keep steadily at it until nearly dark.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • One just has to drive them in a straight line across the piste.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • He looked in the direction of that voice, proceeding from the group of spadassins amid the Blacks across the piste, and he smiled.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for piste


a trail, slope, or course for skiing
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

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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