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[soh-pahy-pee-uh; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yah] /ˌsoʊ paɪˈpi ə; Spanish ˌsɔ paɪˈpi yɑ/
noun, plural sopaipillas
[soh-pahy-pee-uh z; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yahs] /ˌsoʊ paɪˈpi əz; Spanish ˌsɔ paɪˈpi yɑs/ (Show IPA).
Mexican Cookery.
a small pastry made of deep-fried yeast dough and usually dipped in honey.
1935-40; < American Spanish, equivalent to Spanish sopaip(a) fritter or thick pancake soaked in honey (earlier also xopaipa < Mozarabic, derivative of šúppa, súppa piece of bread soaked in oil, Spanish sopa < Germanic; see sop, soup) + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sopaipilla
  • Whatever you do, be sure to order a sopaipilla for dessert.
  • The stuffed sopaipilla dinner is also delicious and is one of the signature dishes.
Word Origin and History for sopaipilla

also sopapilla, by 1983, from Mexican Spanish, ultimately from Old Spanish sopa "food soaked in liquid," from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sup- (see sup (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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