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Cinco de Mayo

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noun \ˌsiŋ-kō-də-ˈmī-ō, ˌsēŋ-kō-thā-ˈmä-yō\

Simple Definition of Cinco de Mayo

  • : a Mexican and Mexican-American holiday on May 5 that celebrates the Mexican army's victory over the French in 1862

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Cinco de Mayo

  1. :  a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration held on May 5 in commemoration of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862

Origin of cinco de mayo

Spanish, fifth of May


First Known Use: 1931


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