noun, plural tor·til·las [tawr-tee–uh z; Spanish tawr–tee-yahs] /tɔrˈti əz; Spanish tɔrˈti yɑs/. Mexican Cookery.
- a thin, round, unleavened bread prepared from cornmeal or sometimes wheat flour, baked on a flat plate of iron, earthenware, or the like.
- Mexican cookery a kind of thin pancake made from corn meal and cooked on a hot griddle until dry
1690s, from American Spanish tortilla, from Spanish, “a tart,” literally “a little cake,” diminutive of torta “cake,” from Late Latin torta “flat cake” (see torte).