[em-puh-nah-duh; Spanish em-pah-nah-th ah]
noun Latin-American Cookery.
a turnover or mold of pastry filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and usually baked or fried.
Origin of empanada
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1939, American English, from Spanish empanada, past participle adjective (fem.) of empanar "to roll and fry."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper