pa·​el·​la pä-ˈā-yə How to pronounce paella (audio)
-ˈā-lə How to pronounce paella (audio)
: a saffron-flavored dish containing rice, meat, seafood, and vegetables

Examples of paella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of the labor-intensive nature of the dish, paella is only served on weekdays with 24-hour advance notice for carryout. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 The newlyweds hosted a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres including fresh fruit, warm crab and cheddar fondue and bourbon street shrimp before a dinner of harvest salad with chicken azel, salmon with an Asian glaze and vegetarian paella. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 Cook this paella, and no one will ever forget your party. 23 of 35Thomas J. Story Squash with Hemp and Arugula This recipe comes from Seattle restaurant Tomo. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 An encounter with the paella scattered with Romano beans, chicken and rabbit left me unmoved by its muted performance. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 Varieties include Japanese-style rice (also called sushi rice) and bomba rice, traditionally used in Spanish paellas. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 19 Sep. 2023 Other photos in the slideshow are of a dreamy beach at sunset and of a delicious plate of paella. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2023 Next up on the off-season plan for the SMU men’s basketball team: a little basketball, and (probably) a whole lot of paella. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 31 July 2023 Maybe the paella is better in Las Vegas, Orlando and Dubai, where the Jaleos cook the rice dish over wood-burning fires. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Catalan, literally, pot, pan, from Middle French paelle, from Latin patella small pan — more at patella

First Known Use

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paella was circa 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Paella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


pa·​el·​la pä-ˈel-ə How to pronounce paella (audio) -ˈāl-yə How to pronounce paella (audio)
: a Spanish dish of rice, meat, seafood, vegetables, and spices

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