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empanada Syllabification: em·pa·na·da
Pronunciation: /empəˈnädə/

Definition of empanada in English:


A Spanish or Latin American pastry turnover filled with a variety of savory ingredients and baked or fried.
Example sentences
  • After the museum, they stopped for a brief snack: tuna empanadas, a flat pastry with pine nuts, doughnuts with an odd but alluring flavor of lemon.
  • A common snack item, popular throughout Ecuador, is empanadas - small pastries filled with meat, onions, eggs, and olives.
  • A staple, tasty snack is the empanada, a fried cornmeal turnover sometimes stuffed with cheese, meat, or chicken.


Spanish, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of empanar 'roll in pastry', based on Latin panis 'bread'.

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