Word of the Week: piebald (PĪ-bôld)


(Adjective) Chiefly derogatory. Composed of differing or incongruous parts; motley, mixed.

In Context

“He was surveying the piebald capital of terminal Communism, a place where the glorious swirl and stripe of St. Basil’s Cathedral seems increasingly exceptional as the bureaucrats make a colorless theme park of the city.”

Francis X. Clines, “Architect’s Lament: Moscow So Drab,” The New York Times, March 18, 1990.