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[fah-hee-tuh, fuh‐] /fɑˈhi tə, fə‐/
a thin strip of marinated and grilled meat.
Usually, fajitas. (used with a singular or plural verb) a Tex-Mex dish of these strips, served with tortillas, salsa, etc.
Origin of fajita
1975-80; < American Spanish fajita literally, little sash, diminutive of Spanish faja belt, strip, band (orig. dial. or < Catalan < Latin fascia fascia) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fajitas
  • fajitas, while a wonderful dinner, make a great lunch.
  • What follows are two recipes for fajitas: one mushroom, one steak.
  • We order chicken quesadillas and beef fajitas, and dig in under the glow of the heat lamps.
  • The restaurant also offers a special vegetarian menu, with potato tacos, bean burritos and veggie fajitas.
  • Top dishes include chimichangas, the burrito poblano and the quesadilla de fajitas.
  • Main entree selections include chicken tostadas, beef chimichangas and shrimp fajitas.
  • Share a selection of small plates or go with a feast of sizzling fajitas or a burrito.
  • Sizzling fajitas, enchiladas and burritos are on offer.
  • Their menu includes enchiladas, burritos, tacos and fajitas.
  • Daily lunch specials exist for diners on the go, consisting of dishes such as tofu fajitas, and chorizo and potatoes.
British Dictionary definitions for fajitas


plural noun
a Mexican dish of soft tortillas wrapped around fried strips of meat, vegetables, etc
Word Origin
Mexican Spanish
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Word Origin and History for fajitas



by 1979, from Spanish fajita, diminutive of faja "bandage, wrapper," from Latin fascia "band, bandage" (see fascia).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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