[tawr-tee-uh; Spanish tawr-tee-yah]
noun, plural tortillas [tawr-tee-uhz; Spanish tawr-tee-yahs] . Mexican Cookery.
a thin, round, unleavened bread prepared from cornmeal or sometimes wheat flour, baked on a flat plate of iron, earthenware, or the like.

1690–1700; < Spanish, equivalent to tort(a) cake (see torte) + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin -ella Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Tortillas
World English Dictionary
tortilla (tɔːˈtiːə)
Mexican cookery a kind of thin pancake made from corn meal and cooked on a hot griddle until dry
[C17: from Spanish: a little cake, from torta a round cake, from Late Latin; see torte]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1699, from Amer.Sp. tortilla, from Sp., "a tart," lit. "a little cake," dim. of torta "cake," from L.L. torta "flat cake" (see torte).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
If you were a bakery that only made bread it only makes sense to try bagels and
  tortillas if donuts are going out of style.
The use of grains for bread, tortillas and chapattis is linked to the growth of
  the world's population.
He started his career selling tortillas door to door.
The beans managed to be soft without getting all mushy, and they were seasoned
  enough to enliven the bland tortillas.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature