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)

Examples of tortilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Teriyaki chicken, fry bread or tortilla sandwich with shredded cabbage, grilled pineapple and Sriracha sauce. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 La Gloria Foods, a tortilla plant in Boyle Heights, is in danger of closing. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Place your fingers across fold, holding tortilla over filling, and push edge against filling to make sure the fold is tight, then roll burrito closed. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 24 May 2021 Roll tortilla into a cylinder and place seam-side down into baking pan. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 May 2021 Doughnuts are another option; ditto tortilla chips or tostadas. Washington Post, 8 May 2021 Rustic pork and potatoes becoming one with melty cheese, inside a soft excellent tortilla. Matt Wake |, al, 5 May 2021 Using a pastry brush or an oil mister, brush the tops of the tortilla packages with oil. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 7 Apr. 2021 Los Angeles also has some harder-to-find tortilla surprises. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tortilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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