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

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Origin and Etymology of jambalaya

Louisiana French, from Occitan jambalaia


JAMBALAYA Defined for English Language Learners

jambalaya

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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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