so·​pai·​pil·​la | \ ˌsō-pī-ˈpē-(y)ə How to pronounce sopaipilla (audio) , -ˈpēl-yə \
variants: or sopapilla \ ˌsō-​pə-​ˈpē-​(y)ə How to pronounce sopaipilla (audio) , -​ˈpēl-​yə \

Definition of sopaipilla

: a usually puffy piece of deep-fried dough often sweetened with honey

Examples of sopaipilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On one visit, I was offered a slice of cheesecake or out-of-place sopaipillas, both of which my waiter confessed were made next door at El Tipico. Paul Stephen,, 31 Oct. 2019 At dessert, the alchemy of fried dough, cinnamon and sugar produced neat little triangles of sopaipillas and long batons of churros filled with caramel cream. Mike Sutter,, 22 Aug. 2019 Specials like a smoked rib-eye sandwiches and sopaipilla cheesecake traipse out of this kitchen from time to time. Clare Miers, star-telegram, 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sopaipilla

circa 1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sopaipilla

American Spanish sopaipilla, diminutive of Spanish sopaipa fritter soaked in honey, from sopa food soaked in milk, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English sūpan to swallow

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“Sopaipilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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