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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, often triangular piece of tortilla topped with cheese or chili-pepper sauce and broiled.

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  • n. A single tortilla chip from a dish of nachos.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tortilla chip topped with cheese and often chili-pepper or beans and then broiled; -- eaten as a snack or light meal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tortilla chip topped with cheese and chili-pepper and broiled

Etymologies

American Spanish, possibly diminutive of the name Ignacio or alteration of ├▒ato, pug-nosed, ugly, poor (alteration of Spanish chato, flat, snub-nosed, from Vulgar Latin *plattus, flat; see plate).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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