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quesadilla

[ key-suh-dee-uh; Spanish ke-sah-thee-yah ]
/ ˌkeɪ səˈdi ə; Spanish ˌkɛ sɑˈði yɑ /
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noun, plural que·sa·dil·las [key-suh-dee-uhz; Spanish ke-sah-thee-yahs]. /ˌkeɪ səˈdi əz; Spanish ˌkɛ sɑˈði yɑs/. Mexican Cooking.

a tortilla folded over a filling of shredded cheese, and sometimes vegetables or meat, cooked on a griddle or the like.

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Origin of quesadilla

First recorded in 1940–45; from Mexican Spanish; Spanish: “a pastry or cake made with cheese,” equivalent to quesada (queso “cheese,” from Latin cāseus; cf. cheese1 + -ada noun suffix) + -illa diminutive suffix; see -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for quesadilla

quesadilla
/ (ˌkeɪsəˈdiːljə, -ˈdiːjə) /

noun

a toasted tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes other ingredients
C21: from Spanish, diminutive of queso cheese
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