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[juhm-buh-lahy-uh] /ˌdʒʌm bəˈlaɪ ə/
a dish of Creole origin, consisting of rice cooked with ham, sausage, chicken, or shellfish, herbs, spices, and vegetables, especially tomatoes, onions, and peppers.
Origin of jambalaya
1740-50; < Louisiana French < Provençal jambalaia, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jambalaya
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for jambalaya


a Creole dish made of shrimps, ham, rice, onions, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia chicken and rice stew
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Word Origin and History for jambalaya

1872, from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia "stew of rice and fowl."

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