from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Spanish or Latin-American turnover with a flaky crust and a spicy or sweet filling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a variety of stuffed pastries found in Spanish and Latin American cuisine


Spanish, from past participle of empanar, to coat with breadcrumbs : en-, in (from Latin in-; see en-1) + pan, bread; see panada.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish empanada, past participle of empanar ("to wrap in bread"). (Wiktionary)



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