[ em-puh-nah-duh; Spanish em-pah-nah-th ah ]
/ ˌɛm pəˈnɑ də; Spanish ˌɛm pɑˈnɑ ðɑ /

noun Latin-American Cookery.

a turnover or mold of pastry filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and usually baked or fried.

Nearby words

  1. emotive meaning,
  2. emotivism,
  3. emp,
  4. emp.,
  5. empale,
  6. empanel,
  7. empathetic,
  8. empathic,
  9. empathise,
  10. empathize

Origin of empanada

1920–25; < American Spanish, equivalent to em- em-1 + pan bread +-ada, feminine of -ado -ate1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for empanada



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper