Definition of piolet in English:

piolet

noun

  • An ice pick.

    • ‘The term ‘ice-pick’ is currently used to mean both the mountaineer's axe or piolet and a kind of awl for chipping off bits of ice for drinking purposes.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if you fall, drop your piolet aside from you to avoid injuries.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French dialect, literally ‘little pick’, diminutive of piolo; related to pioche ‘pickaxe’.

Pronunciation

piolet

/pjəʊˈleɪ/