jambalaya

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noun jam·ba·laya \ˌjəm-bə-ˈlī-ə\

Definition of jambalaya

  1. 1 :  rice cooked usually with ham, sausage, chicken, shrimp, or oysters and seasoned with herbs

  2. 2 :  a mixture of diverse elements <curious jambalayas of competing elements — Neil Hickey>

Examples of jambalaya in a sentence

  1. <its jambalaya of widely diverse nationalities and races gives the urban neighborhood a rich vitality>

Origin and Etymology of jambalaya

Louisiana French, from Occitan jambalaia


First Known Use: 1872


JAMBALAYA Defined for English Language Learners

jambalaya

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noun jam·ba·laya \ˌjəm-bə-ˈlī-ə\

Definition of jambalaya for English Language Learners

  • : a spicy dish of rice cooked usually with ham, sausage, chicken, shrimp, or oysters


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