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[pah-ey-luh, -eyl-yuh, pah-yel-uh; Spanish pah-e-lyah, -e-yah] /pɑˈeɪ lə, -ˈeɪl yə, pɑˈyɛl ə; Spanish pɑˈɛ lyɑ, -ˈɛ yɑ/
a Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings.
Origin of paella
1890-95; < Spanish < Catalan: literally, frying pan, pot < Middle French paella < Latin patella pan. See patella. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paella
  • Yet that duality allows diners to begin meals with quesadillas and follow them with paella, moving from continent to continent.
  • He's been decorated with more medals and honors than paella has grains of rice.
  • For paella or rice deserts, use medium-grain or short-grain rice.
  • The paella, a dish that elsewhere often disappoints, is as beautiful to look at in its pan as it is to eat.
  • Full entrees are also available here, including paella and steaks.
  • Meals include house salad and lobster bisque to start, seafood paella and grilled pineapple and ice cream for dessert.
  • The festival is a week long and includes music, fireworks, paella cooking contests and dancing.
  • Diners can enjoy entrees such as vegetable paella, cornmeal-crusted snapper and the bison burger.
  • Marinated chicken, beef stew, paella and kabobs are offered for entrees.
  • Larger entree options include rib-eye steak marinated in garlic and paella with saffron, clams and tiger prawns.
British Dictionary definitions for paella


/paɪˈɛlə; Spanish paˈeʎa/
noun (pl) -las (-ləz; Spanish) (-ʎas)
a Spanish dish made from rice, shellfish, chicken, and vegetables
the large flat frying pan in which a paella is cooked
Word Origin
from Catalan, from Old French paelle, from Latin patella small pan
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Word Origin and History for paella

1892, from Catalan paella, from Old French paele "cooking or frying pan" (Modern French poêle), from Latin patella "pan, dish" (see pail). So called for the pan in which it is cooked.

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