a dish of Creole origin, consisting of rice cooked with ham, sausage, chicken, or shellfish, herbs, spices, and vegetables, especially tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

1740–50; < Louisiana French < Provençal jambalaia, of uncertain origin

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jambalaya (ˌdʒʌmbəˈlaɪə)
a Creole dish made of shrimps, ham, rice, onions, etc
[C19: from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia chicken and rice stew]

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1872, from Louisiana Fr., from Prov. jambalaia "stew of rice and fowl."
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Example sentences
Attendees will be served a continental breakfast, as well as jambalaya, peach punch and salad for lunch.
Jambalaya and gumbo are flavored stews of meats, sausage and seafood.
Tasks included chopping vegetables, cooking white rice and jambalaya, serving breakfast and cleaning up.
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