Definition of paella in English:

paella

noun

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’
    • ‘In earlier times, however, paella was always cooked over an open fire.’
    • ‘This was rice, sausage, fresh herbs and broth cooked in the oven as you would prepare paella at home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is far more of a wet rice soup than a dry rice dish such as Spanish paella or even Italian risotto.’
    • ‘There is a freshly cooked Spanish paella, plus Italian Frito Misto items.’
    • ‘The paella kit is surprisingly simple (since paella is notoriously difficult to make) and the fish is firm and fresh.’
    • ‘The use of saffron in paella is also something which stems from an Arab introduction.’
    • ‘Arroz bomba, the rice many Spanish restaurants use for paella, is very rare and expensive.’
    • ‘In the evening, though, I enjoy cooking our main meal, usually French dishes, with the occasional steak and kidney pie, curry or paella.’
    • ‘Sam and Sam Clark, the couple behind Moro, Britain's most inventive Spanish restaurant, taste chorizo, paella and, of course, Serrano ham.’
    • ‘The traditional paella with seafood, chicken and chorizo for €7.60 put a new twist on the word ‘traditional’.’
    • ‘Other popular main dishes include paella and zarzuelas (spicy seafood stews).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When asked to name their favourite dish, most shoppers opted for the traditional British favourite fish and chips over pizza, paella, or frankfurters.’
    • ‘There's a good beach nearby, dotted with restaurants serving paella cooked over open fires.’
    • ‘In a separate bowl, let your guests mix a serving of paella with the seafood and meat of their choice.’
    • ‘Hearty lunches to fuel winter athletes range from burgers and pizza to roast chicken and paella.’
    • ‘Tapas bars, paella dishes, and fish preparations make their influence known.’
    • ‘Jamaican rice and peas, Spanish paella and Creole jambalaya are foods for feasting.’
    • ‘Saffron-infused Spanish paella bursts with the flavour and succulence of Eyemouth's premium prawns, with demand at its height over the festive season.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

paella

/pʌɪˈɛlə/