[soh-pahy-pee-uh; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yah]
noun, plural sopaipillas [soh-pahy-pee-uhz; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yahs] . 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
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Word Origin & History

from Mexican Sp., ult. from O.Sp. sopa "food soaked in liquid," from a Gmc. source, from PIE *seue- "to take liquid" (see sup (2)).
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Example sentences
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.
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