[pah-ey-luh, -eyl-yuh, pah-yel-uh; Spanish pah-e-lyah, -e-yah] /pɑˈeɪ lə, -ˈeɪl yə, pɑˈyɛl ə; Spanish pɑˈɛ lyɑ, -ˈɛ yɑ/

a Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings.
/paɪˈɛlə; Spanish paˈeʎa/
noun (pl) -las (-ləz; Spanish) (-ʎas)
a Spanish dish made from rice, shellfish, chicken, and vegetables
the large flat frying pan in which a paella is cooked

1892, from Catalan paella, from Old French paele “cooking or frying pan” (Modern French poêle), from Latin patella “pan, dish” (see pail). So called for the pan in which it is cooked.


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