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Definition of paella

: a saffron-flavored dish containing rice, meat, seafood, and vegetables

Examples of paella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The paella menu will be available during dinner, and a box of chocolate clusters for moms. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "70-plus Dallas-area restaurants offering Mother’s Day meal specials," 29 Apr. 2021 Entrees include crab cake benedict, steak and eggs, florentine benedict, BLT omelet, lobster omelet, French toast, cobb salad, salmon salad, lobster mac and cheese, short ribs, paella. Susan Dunne,, "Mother’s Day menus from Hartford-area restaurants," 29 Apr. 2021 Guests will find items like a cuban sandwich served with plantain chips, lobster rolls, mountain paella, a lemon curd and blueberry liege waffle, and so much more. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival," 27 Apr. 2021 Recipes include some found at the restaurant, such as the best-selling paella, as well as dishes the couple enjoy making at home, including carrot cake. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Windsor mayor's brother joins in calls for his resignation," 12 Apr. 2021 This paella turns any day of the week into a memorable feast., "Recipe: An easy oven paella with shrimp and artichokes makes a weeknight feast," 6 Apr. 2021 Place a paella pan or an ovenproof casserole dish over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Star Tribune, "Sunday supper: Spanish Chicken and Rice," 2 Apr. 2021 Selections include seafood paella, grilled chicken with cilantro crema, jerk chicken wings and baby back ribs. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Easter feasters: Check out these meals and deals around Orlando," 26 Mar. 2021 While shopping, guests can also enjoy food vendors, offering treats such as fresh popcorn, ribs, gyros, roasted corn, arepas, pizza, guacamole and paella. Brett Shweky,, "Delray Affair gets new name and venue in mall’s parking lot," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of paella

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paella

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

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The first known use of paella was circa 1892

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10 May 2021

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“Paella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paella

: a Spanish dish of rice, meat, seafood, vegetables, and spices

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