1. a Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings.

noun plural -las (-ləz, Spanish -ʎas)

  1. a Spanish dish made from rice, shellfish, chicken, and vegetables
  2. the large flat frying pan in which a paella is cooked

n.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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