Definition of tortilla in English:


Line breaks: tor|tilla
Pronunciation: /tɔːˈtiːjə


  • 1(In Mexican cookery) a thin, flat maize pancake, eaten hot or cold, typically with a savoury filling.
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    • Cornmeal is patted into a thin pancake called a tortilla.
    • Later, Sahagún tells us, they feasted agreeably on ‘white tortillas, grains of maize, turkey eggs, turkeys, and all kinds of fruit’.
    • The warm tortillas were thin and tender, crisp outside and yielding inside, with the rich sweetness of flour bound with salt and fat.
  • 2(In Spanish cookery) an omelette.
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    • Among our tapas selections, the Spanish tortilla had none of the eggy allure this traditional potato omelet can exhibit.
    • It is always served buffet style as a selection of culinary delights such as olives, fish or tortilla which the Spanish pick and choose from.
    • The Spanish tortilla, La Tasca style, is an omelette of mashed potatoes and onion, mildly seasoned.


Spanish, diminutive of torta 'cake'.

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