[ soh-pahy-pee-uh; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yah ]
/ ˌsoʊ paɪˈpi ə; Spanish ˌsɔ paɪˈpi yɑ /

noun, plural so·pai·pil·las [soh-pahy-pee-uh z; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yahs] /ˌsoʊ paɪˈpi əz; Spanish ˌsɔ paɪˈpi yɑs/. Mexican Cookery.

a small pastry made of deep-fried yeast dough and usually dipped in honey.

Origin of sopaipilla

1935–40; < American Spanish, equivalent to Spanish sopaip(a) fritter or thick pancake soaked in honey (earlier also xopaipa < Mozarabic, derivative of šúppa, súppa piece of bread soaked in oil, Spanish sopa < Germanic; see sop, soup) + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for sopaipilla



also sopapilla, by 1983, from Mexican Spanish, ultimately from Old Spanish sopa "food soaked in liquid," from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sup- (see sup (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper