[key-suh-dee-uh; Spanish ke-sah-th ee-yah]
- a tortilla folded over a filling of shredded cheese, onions, and chilies and broiled or fried.
Origin of quesadilla
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- a toasted tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes other ingredients
C21: from Spanish, diminutive of queso cheese
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Word Origin and History for quesadilla
Mexican tortilla with filling of cheese, etc., 1944, from Spanish, diminutive of quesada, "type of cheesecake," from queso "cheese," from Latin caeseus (see cheese (n.1)).
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