Definition of jambalaya in English:

jambalaya

noun

  • [mass noun] A Cajun dish of rice with shrimps, chicken, and vegetables.

    ‘huge concoctions of gumbo and jambalaya’
    [count noun] ‘Creole jambalayas are among my favourites’
    • ‘Last year I was in New Orleans and had plenty of gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish étouffée.’
    • ‘IF YOU like paella, you will like jambalaya, its distant cousin from southern Louisiana.’
    • ‘Every year my dad makes jambalaya, a mix of rice, chicken, spices, red and green peppers, ham, and sausage.’
    • ‘In a traditional jambalaya, chicken, sausage, ham, and chopped vegetables are cooked and added with seasonings and liquid to an iron pot full of rice.’
    • ‘Now, instead of serving pita pockets or turkey sandwiches at lunch, the students are treated to roast beef with caramelized onions on a baguette or shrimp jambalaya with jalapeño cornbread.’

Origin

Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia.

Pronunciation:

jambalaya

/ˌdʒambəˈlʌɪə/