Definition of paella in US English:



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

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


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