Definition of paella in English:



  • [mass noun] A Spanish dish of rice, saffron, chicken, seafood, etc., cooked and served in a large shallow pan.

    ‘they make paella almost every day’
    [count noun] ‘enjoy your paellas’
    • ‘There's a good beach nearby, dotted with restaurants serving paella cooked over open fires.’
    • ‘This was rice, sausage, fresh herbs and broth cooked in the oven as you would prepare paella at home.’
    • ‘The paella kit is surprisingly simple (since paella is notoriously difficult to make) and the fish is firm and fresh.’
    • ‘Saffron-infused Spanish paella bursts with the flavour and succulence of Eyemouth's premium prawns, with demand at its height over the festive season.’
    • ‘Sam and Sam Clark, the couple behind Moro, Britain's most inventive Spanish restaurant, taste chorizo, paella and, of course, Serrano ham.’
    • ‘When asked to name their favourite dish, most shoppers opted for the traditional British favourite fish and chips over pizza, paella, or frankfurters.’
    • ‘He had never seen her eat like this before, she had three servings of chicken barbecue with java rice and two orders of paella rice.’
    • ‘Jamaican rice and peas, Spanish paella and Creole jambalaya are foods for feasting.’
    • ‘In a separate bowl, let your guests mix a serving of paella with the seafood and meat of their choice.’
    • ‘I feigned a mask of innocence as I pretended to study the menu, as if the choice of seafood paella versus black paella vastly interested me.’
    • ‘Other popular main dishes include paella and zarzuelas (spicy seafood stews).’
    • ‘It is far more of a wet rice soup than a dry rice dish such as Spanish paella or even Italian risotto.’
    • ‘In the evening, though, I enjoy cooking our main meal, usually French dishes, with the occasional steak and kidney pie, curry or paella.’
    • ‘There is a freshly cooked Spanish paella, plus Italian Frito Misto items.’
    • ‘The traditional paella with seafood, chicken and chorizo for €7.60 put a new twist on the word ‘traditional’.’
    • ‘Arroz bomba, the rice many Spanish restaurants use for paella, is very rare and expensive.’
    • ‘The use of saffron in paella is also something which stems from an Arab introduction.’
    • ‘Tapas bars, paella dishes, and fish preparations make their influence known.’
    • ‘In earlier times, however, paella was always cooked over an open fire.’
    • ‘Hearty lunches to fuel winter athletes range from burgers and pizza to roast chicken and paella.’


Catalan, from Old French paele, from Latin patella (see patella).