[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

1920–25; < American Spanish, equivalent to em- em-1 + pan bread +-ada, feminine of -ado -ate1
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Word Origin and History for empanada

1939, American English, from Spanish empanada, past participle adjective (fem.) of empanar "to roll and fry."

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