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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Louisiana French, from Provençal jambalaia.

Pronunciation

jambalaya

/ˌdʒambəˈlʌɪə/