[ key-suh-dee-uh; Spanish ke-sah-th ee-yah ]
/ ˌkeɪ səˈdi ə; Spanish ˌkɛ sɑˈði yɑ /

noun, plural que·sa·dil·las [key-suh-dee-uh z; Spanish ke-sah-th ee-yahs] /ˌkeɪ səˈdi əz; Spanish ˌkɛ sɑˈði yɑs/. Mexican Cookery.

a tortilla folded over a filling of shredded cheese, onions, and chilies and broiled or fried.

Nearby words

  1. query,
  2. query language,
  3. querétaro,
  4. ques.,
  5. quesada, gonzalo jiménez de,
  6. quesnay,
  7. quesnay, françois,
  8. quest,
  9. question,
  10. question mark

Origin of quesadilla

1940–45; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: pastry or cake made with cheese, equivalent to quesad(a) (ques(o) cheese (< Latin cāseus; cf. cheese1) + -ada -ade1) + -illa diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for quesadilla


/ (ˌkeɪsəˈdiːljə, -ˈdiːjə) /


a toasted tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes other ingredients

Word Origin for quesadilla

C21: from Spanish, diminutive of queso cheese

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Word Origin and History for quesadilla



Mexican tortilla with filling of cheese, etc., 1944, from Spanish, diminutive of quesada, "type of cheesecake," from queso "cheese," from Latin caeseus (see cheese (n.1)).

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