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

  • n. A saffron-flavored Spanish dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken, and seafood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A savory Valencian dish made of rice, cooked on a frying pan with vegetables and meat or shellfish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. saffron-flavored dish made of rice with shellfish and chicken


Catalan, frying pan, paella, from Old French paelle, frying pan, pot, from Latin patella, diminutive of patina, pan; see paten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Catalan paella ("pot; pan"). (Wiktionary)


  • The excellent paella is cooked and served in a deep pot; the mariscada with green sauce is mixed with olive oil, parsley, garlic and onions, while the red snapper is roasted with shrimp and green pepper.

    Fern Siegel: Stage Door: The Divine Sister, The Screwtape Letters, Freckleface Strawberry

  • Spanish chef Jos é Andr é s uses it in paella and garbanzo stews.

    The Bacon Backlash

  • Valencian paella is perhaps one of the most controversial courses made in Spain.

    Valencian Paella

  • If you are an excellent chef, that paella is almost ready: simply take it out of the range and cover it for a couple minutes to concentrate the rosemary scent and maybe soften those last rebel rice grains.

    Valencian Paella

  • Indeed, the lemma paella has become so deeply entrenched in our everyday parlance that it has lost its connection to the etymon patina (patena) and later patella, meaning

    Do Bianchi

  • The name paella derives from the pan, called paellera, and does not refer to any ingredient.

    wacotrib - Latest News Headlines

  • I cringe when I hear people pronounce the word paella with an 'l' sound, like this, and not with the 'y' sound that it carries in Spanish, like this.


  • I cringe when I hear people pronounce the word paella like this, and not with the 'y' sound that it carries in Spanish, like this.?


  • That’s like getting paella from a cart … O wait, they have that too.

    First Look: The Steak Truck | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • THE BILL Prices are quite affordable, starting at $12.95 for several of the entrees and going up to $24.95 for the paella, which is big enough for two.

    NYT > Home Page


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.