from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Spanish or Latin-American turnover with a flaky crust and a spicy or sweet filling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a variety of stuffed pastries found in Spanish and Latin American cuisine
Spanish, from past participle of empanar, to coat with breadcrumbs : en-, in (from Latin in-; see en-1) + pan, bread; see panada.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish empanada, past participle of empanar ("to wrap in bread"). (Wiktionary)