Cinco de Mayo

\ ˌsiŋ-kō-də-ˈmī-ō How to pronounce Cinco de Mayo (audio) , ˌsēŋ-kō-t͟hā-ˈmä-yō \

Definition of Cinco de Mayo

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

First Known Use of Cinco de Mayo

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Cinco de Mayo

Spanish, fifth of May

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“Cinco de Mayo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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


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