[key-suh-dee-uh; Spanish ke-sah-thee-yah]
noun, plural quesadillas [key-suh-dee-uhz; Spanish ke-sah-thee-yahs] . Mexican Cookery.
a tortilla folded over a filling of shredded cheese, onions, and chilies and broiled or fried.

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

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quesadilla (ˌkeɪsəˈdiːljə, -ˈdiːjə)
a toasted tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes other ingredients
[C21: from Spanish, diminutive of queso cheese]

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Word Origin & History

Mexican tortilla w. filling of cheese, etc., 1944, from Sp., dim. of quesada, "type of cheesecake," from queso "cheese," from L. cæseus (see cheese).
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Example sentences
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.
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