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Definition of jambalaya

1 : rice cooked usually with ham, sausage, chicken, shrimp, or oysters and seasoned with herbs
2 : a mixture of diverse elements curious jambalayas of competing elements— Neil Hickey

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its jambalaya of widely diverse nationalities and races gives the urban neighborhood a rich vitality
Recent Examples on the Web My mom got to cook her famous jambalaya, and everyone called her Mamalaya. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 Dishes include garden quiche ($12), French toast on orange-almond-white chocolate brioche ($13), salmon toast ($15), green chili boar stew ($14) and seafood jambalaya ($24). Georgann Yara, azcentral, 8 Apr. 2020 And for the main course, turn up the heat with the cajun jambalaya pasta made with shrimp and chicken sautéed with onions, tomatoes, and peppers on top of linguini. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2020 Some dishes are being developed specifically for the Houston market, including open-fire jambalaya, smoked gumbo, smoked banana cream pie, and Cajun and coastal seafood dishes. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2020 From gumbo and jambalaya to crawfish by the pound, Frisco has a variety of food events and specials to celebrate Mardi Gras season, which ends Feb. 25. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2020 Seafood and Cajun food Mud Bugs Bar and Grill offers everything from the traditional jambalaya and gumbos to crawfish po’boys and catfish atchafalaya to bourbon bread pudding and New Orleans beignets. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2020 Or immerse yourself in gumbo, beignets, and jambalaya with a $99 one-way flight from LaGuardia to New Orleans. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Oct. 2019 The boudin balls, jambalaya on this night in April, nail the traditional notes but adapt to local products — andouille is replaced by smoked kielbasa from Golemo’s Polish Market. Kevin Koczwara, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of jambalaya

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jambalaya

Louisiana French, from Occitan jambalaia

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The first known use of jambalaya was in 1872

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14 Jun 2021

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“Jambalaya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jambalaya. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jambalaya

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

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