tor·​ti·​lla | \ tȯr-ˈtē-yə How to pronounce tortilla (audio) \

Definition of tortilla

: a thin round of unleavened cornmeal or wheat flour bread usually eaten hot with a topping or filling (as of ground meat or cheese)

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The avocado has crash-landed not into a pile of rocks but into a pile of tortilla chips. Susan Dunne,, "Hey, doubters, there’s been a real 'Space Invasion!’ in downtown Stamford," 3 July 2019 Also last year, a mother blamed the spicy snack along with Takis (rolled corn tortilla chips) as the reason her teen needed gallbladder surgery. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Robin Thicke, April Love Geary get burned for feeding toddler Flamin' Hot Cheetos," 25 June 2019 Other events include a tortilla-making class between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on July 27. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bonita museum exhibition showcases history of South Bay families," 2 July 2019 The dinner includes eight pieces of chicken, two large sides, tortillas or chips and six quesadilla slices. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "July deals: How and where to get free food – from chicken to ice cream – plus discounts," 1 July 2019 Remove the lid, sprinkle the sausages with the cilantro and serve immediately with crusty bread or hot tortillas., "Recipe: Braised Chorizo and Grapes," 26 June 2019 Shop for Southwestern spices and tortilla presses at the historic Market Square, or watch a Saturday cooking demo in the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s outdoor kitchen with its jumbo veggie patch. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Today I'm Obsessed With ...," 22 June 2019 Besides tamales, the 35-seat restaurant serves papusas, which are thick corn tortillas with various toppings, as well as some Mexican favorites including tacos and quesadillas. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Find OMG tamales at the new location for 3 in 1 Restaurant," 18 June 2019 For carb enthusiasts, rice, toast or tortillas are all welcome here — anything that will soak up the spicy, tomatoey juices. Alison Roman, New York Times, "Foolproof Fish Isn’t a Myth," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of tortilla

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tortilla

American Spanish, from Spanish, diminutive of torta cake, from Late Latin, round loaf of bread

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The first known use of tortilla was in 1648

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English Language Learners Definition of tortilla

: a round, thin Mexican bread that is usually eaten hot with a filling of meat, cheese, etc.


tor·​ti·​lla | \ tȯr-ˈtē-ə How to pronounce tortilla (audio) \

Kids Definition of tortilla

: a round flat bread made of corn or wheat flour and usually eaten hot with a filling

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