a dish of Creole origin, consisting of rice cooked with ham, sausage, chicken, or shellfish, herbs, spices, and vegetables, especially tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

Origin of jambalaya

1740–50; < Louisiana French < Provençal jambalaia, of uncertain origin
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Contemporary Examples of jambalaya

  • The Utah congressman headlined Airhart's "Blue Jean Bash" at Jethro's BBQ and Jambalaya in West Des Moines.

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    December 2, 2013

  • Jambalaya can have sausage, chicken, shrimp, or duck, tomatoes or no tomatoes; gumbo can be thick or thin or dark or light.

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British Dictionary definitions for jambalaya



a Creole dish made of shrimps, ham, rice, onions, etc

Word Origin for jambalaya

C19: from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia chicken and rice stew
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Word Origin and History for jambalaya

1872, from Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia "stew of rice and fowl."

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