Definition of pièce montée in US English:

pièce montée

(also piece montee)

noun

Cookery
  • In French cookery: a large, ornate cake or pastry dish designed to be the centrepiece of a table; (also) any dish forming the centrepiece of a meal. Also in extended use: an ostentatious or impressive display.

Origin

Early 19th century. From French pièce montée from pièce + montée, feminine of past participle of monter.

Pronunciation

pièce montée

/piːˌɛs mɒnˈteɪ/