Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin and Middle English, 14th century
Having two or more different colors
Examples of Pied in a sentence
"The horse had a pied coat even though his mother’s coat was a solid brown."
"The pied scarf contained all the colors of the rainbow."
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Pied is a Middle English term that combines the Latin pica with the Old English suffix -ede, used to turn nouns into adjectives.
Did you Know?
The notion of the “pied piper” comes from a legend called “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” In it, a piper wearing a multicolored (pied) coat comes to the German town of Hamelin because he has been hired to lure the overflowing rat population away with the music from his magical pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay his fee, he strikes back by luring the town’s children away with his pipe. Various iterations of this tale appeared in the writings of The Brothers Grimm and Robert Browning.