are·​pa ə-ˈrā-pə How to pronounce arepa (audio)
: a usually grilled cornmeal cake served in Latin American cuisine

Examples of arepa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web El Rey de las Arepa will offer chicken or beef arepas with cheese and garlic sauce. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 Choices include arepas, burritos, tortas, nachos or even a family meal box. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 27 Mar. 2024 And that's what produces arepas, for instance, a different type of corn cake. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Jan. 2024 While heating the oil, take the masa arepa dough and divide a 1/4 section in half. Nina Lincoff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Check out the Saturday morning farmers market (the sushi, arepas and tamales are excellent!). The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2023 And then there's the a la carte breakfast entrees, which range from arepas to acai bowls and yogurt parfaits. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 Classic arepas in Colombia are made with masarepa, a special precooked corn flour. Isa Zapata, Bon Appétit, 3 Oct. 2023 Here, children waiting for meals of beans and arepas bear the telltale signs of malnutrition: skinny limbs, hair turned rust yellow. Julie Turkewitz Federico Rios, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History


American Spanish, probably from Cumaná (Cariban language of the Venezuela coast) erepa corn, cornmeal cake, or from a cognate Cariban form

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arepa was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Arepa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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