tor·​ti·​lla tȯr-ˈtē-yə How to pronounce tortilla (audio)
: a thin round of unleavened cornmeal or wheat flour bread usually eaten hot with a topping or filling (as of ground meat or cheese)

Examples of tortilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blended corn-wheat tortillas get nice and crisp in the oven. 13 of 13Norman A. Plate Cowboy Caviar Cowboy Caviar starts with a spicy base of black-eyed peas, tomatoes, corn, and avocado. Maya Wong, Sunset Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 In an artful touch, the waste-nothing chef finishes the plate with tortilla ash. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 Spread tortillas with chili butter and spoon in about 2/3 cup of egg mixture. Cathy Thomas, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024 To assemble, place 2 to 3 strips of fish on a warm tortilla. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024 What if that great taco was in an heirloom corn tortilla and the protein was sourced locally from the farmers that are all around us? Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 6 Feb. 2024 Each burrito combines two eggs, six strips of bacon (which is the same amount as the Baconator), breakfast potatoes, American cheese slices and Swiss cheese sauce in a tortilla. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 The mashup is then topped with a cheese sauce and served in a flour tortilla. Tanasia Kenney, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 Pork and Green Chile Stew This pork and chile stew is topped with a mound of grated cheddar cheese and served with fluffy homemade flour tortillas at Dunsmoor restaurant in Los Angeles. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from American Spanish (Mexico, Central America, parts of the Caribbean and South America), from Spanish, diminutive of torta "cake, pastry," going back to Late Latin tōrta "round loaf of bread" — more at tart entry 2

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tortilla was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Tortilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


tor·​ti·​lla tȯr-ˈtē-(y)ə How to pronounce tortilla (audio)
: a thin round of unleavened cornmeal or wheat flour bread

American Spanish, literally "little cake," from Spanish torta "cake"

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