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[en-chuh-lah-duh, -lad-uh] /ˌɛn tʃəˈlɑ də, -ˈlæd ə/
noun, Mexican Cookery.
a tortilla rolled and filled with a seasoned mixture, usually containing meat, and covered with a sauce flavored with chili.
big / top enchilada, Slang. someone regarded as the most important, influential, or dominant person in an organization:
The police are hoping to catch the syndicate's big enchilada in the next raid.
whole enchilada, Slang. the entirety of something, especially something impressive or outstanding:
She has a job with money, prestige, and satisfaction—the whole enchilada.
Origin of enchilada
1885-90; < American Spanish, feminine of Spanish enchilado spiced with chili (past participle of enchilar), equivalent to en- en-1 + chil(e) chili + -ado -ate1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for enchilada


a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla fried in hot fat, filled with meat, and served with a chilli sauce
Word Origin
C19: American Spanish, feminine of enchilado seasoned with chilli, from enchilar to spice with chilli, from chilechilli
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Word Origin and History for enchilada

1887, American English, from Mexican Spanish enchilada, fem. past participle of enchilar "season with chili," from en- "in" + chile "chili" (see chili).

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Slang definitions & phrases for enchilada


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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