em·​pa·​na·​da | \ ˌem-pə-ˈnä-də How to pronounce empanada (audio) \

Definition of empanada

: a turnover with a sweet or savory filling

Examples of empanada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gutiérrez-Duarte, too, likes to walk down Washington Avenue for an empanada. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 What customers may not expect are the family’s expert Argentinian empanadas with an American twist, like their Buffalo chicken empanada. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga, sun-sentinel.com, 8 July 2021 As this is Texas, of course, the best-seller is a brisket empanada with onions, cheese and chilies. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Paté Not to be confused with a Jamaican patty, this delicious handheld favorite — similar to an empanada — has a crispy, crunchy pastry crust. Anquanette Gaspard, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 Chef Key mixes hip-hop and his empanada enterprise with surprising success. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2021 There are as many empanada variations throughout South America and the Caribbean as there cooks who make them, so don’t hesitate to play with your favorite flavor combinations. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 21 Oct. 2020 The owner of one small restaurant chain is even using Zoom to teach empanada-making classes. Allison Hatfield, Dallas News, 20 Nov. 2020 My friends had planned a virtual empanada-making dinner party for a buddy’s birthday. Rebecca Horrigan, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of empanada

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for empanada

American Spanish, from Spanish, feminine of empanado, past participle of empanar to bread, from em- (from Latin in-) + pan bread, from Latin panis — more at food

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The first known use of empanada was in 1866

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“Empanada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empanada. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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