quesadilla

[ 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.

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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

quesadilla
/ (ˌkeɪsəˈdiːljə, -ˈdiːjə) /

noun

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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