[pah-ey-luh, -eyl-yuh, pah-yel-uh; Spanish pah-e-lyah, -e-yah]
- a Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings.
Origin of paella
1890–95; < Spanish < Catalan: literally, frying pan, pot < Middle French paella < Latin patella pan. See patella.
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- a Spanish dish made from rice, shellfish, chicken, and vegetables
- the large flat frying pan in which a paella is cooked
from Catalan, from Old French paelle, from Latin patella small pan
Word Origin and History for paella
1892, from Catalan paella, from Old French paele "cooking or frying pan" (Modern French poêle), from Latin patella "pan, dish" (see pail). So called for the pan in which it is cooked.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper