are·​pa | \ ə-ˈrā-pə How to pronounce arepa (audio) \

Definition of arepa

: a usually grilled cornmeal cake served in Latin American cuisine

Examples of arepa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t forget to also get an arepa: the chicken curry ones are especially tasty. Shannon Sims, New York Times, "36 Hours in Curaçao," 11 Feb. 2020 Now, many unemployed cooks, servers and others have found their footing in pop-up concepts and side hustles, slinging Singaporean curry noodles, arepas or home-baked pies to their communities. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Restaurants and bars look ahead," 18 May 2020 Choose from a variety of 14 arepas; our favorite is the La Llanera with shredded beef, tomato, handmade cheese, and a generous portion of avocado. al, "Birmingham Food News: More pizza, donuts, and Italian cuisine," 16 Apr. 2020 For many of them, the morning arepa — a traditional corn meal pastry, stuffed with meat — is their only meal of the day. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Indigenous Groups Isolated by Coronavirus Face Another Threat: Hunger," 9 Apr. 2020 The new Venezuelan food truck serves authentic arepas, cachapas, and empanadas, among other delicacies from the owners’ home country. Eric Velasco, al, "This Venezuelan food truck might be the best-kept secret in Birmingham," 10 Mar. 2020 Stash a bag of arepa flour in your pantry and a satisfying dinner is never far away. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Arepas Are My Most Impressive Weeknight Dinner," 15 Oct. 2019 In addition to arepas (thick filled corn cakes) and empanadas (fried filled turnovers), there will be plate dinners of typical Venezuelan dishes. Polly Campbell,, "Empanadas Aqui settles down in Mason after more than 5 years on the road," 17 Feb. 2020 Olé Hospitality is opening two more restaurants in Louisville's NuLu neighborhood this year, including an elaborate Cuban eatery and a fast-casual concept restaurant serving Venezuelan arepas. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This El Taco Luchador founders' spot made OpenTable's top new restaurants list," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of arepa

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arepa

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

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“Arepa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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