the traditional French foot. Pieds of various lengths were used in France, but the one best remembered now is the royal foot (pied de roi), called the Paris foot in English and the foot (French measure) in Canadian law. The pied de roi equals about 32.48 centimeters or 12.79 inches; the official Canadian definition is 12.789 inches (32.484 06 centimeters). Today the word pied is sometimes used informally in France as a metric unit equal to 30 centimeters. In French Canada, pied is generally used to refer to the English foot.

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  • 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 — (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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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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