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[key-suh-dee-uh; Spanish ke-sah-th ee-yah] /ˌkeɪ səˈdi ə; Spanish ˌkɛ sɑˈði yɑ/
noun, plural quesadillas
[key-suh-dee-uh z; Spanish ke-sah-th ee-yahs] /ˌkeɪ səˈdi əz; Spanish ˌkɛ sɑˈði yɑs/ (Show IPA).
Mexican Cookery.
a tortilla folded over a filling of shredded cheese, onions, and chilies and broiled or fried.
Origin of quesadilla
1940-45; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: pastry or cake made with cheese, equivalent to quesad(a) (ques(o) cheese (< Latin cāseus; cf. cheese1) + -ada -ade1) + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quesadilla
  • The menu has a build-your-own quesadilla option with meat, cheese and produce choices.
  • Top dishes include chimichangas, the burrito poblano and the quesadilla de fajitas.
  • She called a restaurant, asked for a chorizo quesadilla, then slammed down the phone.
  • Use a knife or pizza wheel to cut the quesadilla into wedges for serving.
British Dictionary definitions for quesadilla


/ˌkeɪsəˈdiːljə; -ˈdiːjə/
a toasted tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes other ingredients
Word Origin
C21: from Spanish, diminutive of queso cheese
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Word Origin and History for quesadilla

Mexican tortilla with filling of cheese, etc., 1944, from Spanish, diminutive of quesada, "type of cheesecake," from queso "cheese," from Latin caeseus (see cheese (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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