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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

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Girls who have grown up on diets of pasta and chicken develop an appetite for curry and jambalaya. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "These campers will sing for their supper — and for the chefs who are opening their eyes to a whole new world of food," 13 Aug. 2019 At the reception, guests dined on meals by Pigéon Catering, who provided traditional New Orleans creole, cajun, and Louisiana food like gumbo, jambalaya, crab cakes, bananas fosters, beignets, and more. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Go Inside Reagan Charleston's 'Perfect' Southern Charm New Orleans Wedding," 2 Aug. 2019 Much of the restaurant’s traditional Creole-Cajun tapas and entrees (crawfish etouffee, shrimp-and-alligator jambalaya) failed to sell, and Las Olas crowds preferred the menu’s American pub fare, such as burgers, grilled salmon and oysters. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale sports bar Bo’s Pub opening Aug. 9 inside the Balcony on Las Olas Boulevard," 19 July 2019 In a September 2008 video interview, the immeasurably charming chef Leah Chase, who died on June 1, 2019, explained how the go-to source for authentic gumbo and jambalaya also became a modern art showplace. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Chef Leah Chase explained why art is like a prayer," 3 June 2019 In keeping with the ship’s moniker, the menu will offer New Orleans-style cuisine, with dishes like barbecue shrimp, roasted duck and andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya and bananas foster. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Carnival Cruise Line's New Ship Will Feature the World's First Roller Coaster at Sea," 19 June 2019 Beer, a hot dog, jambalaya and a vodka snowball are included in ticket price. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Creole Tomato Fest and June under the Moon: Food events through June 12," 3 June 2019 New Orleans's historic gastronomic influences are celebrated across the city, with Cajun, Creole, French, and African flavors showing up in classic dishes such as gumbo and jambalaya. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 Fresh grapes and assorted fruit, an outstanding assortment of cheeses, jambalaya, pastries and petit fours and bread pudding with assorted sauces including caramel whiskey cream, bananas Foster, dark chocolate rum and white chocolate. Ann Benoit, NOLA.com, "Taste of Covington takes guests on world tour of food and spirits," 6 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of jambalaya

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

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