Cinco de Mayo

noun

ˌsiŋ-kō-də-ˈmī-ō How to pronounce Cinco de Mayo (audio)
ˌsēŋ-kō-t͟hā-ˈmä-yō
: a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration held on May 5 in commemoration of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862

Examples of Cinco de Mayo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gere and Silva kept the celebration going in May, throwing a wedding party on Cinco de Mayo at Gere's estate in Pound Ridge, New York. Ale Russian, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 The outdoor space allows for plenty of events, including live music and pop-up businesses on select weekends, Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, the 414 Flea market from June through October, and outdoor dance classes hosted by Daync Academy. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2024 Ahead of Cinco de Mayo, Philipps and the brand launched the Altos Emergency Hot Lime service. Anna Tingley, Variety, 10 May 2024 Last week, the Guadalupe Centers in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood hosted its annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 9 May 2024 Detroit City Council members urged the Detroit Police Department to handle public events differently after officers stormed into southwest Detroit’s Cinco de Mayo festivities on Sunday. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2024 For a glimpse into The Rogue Room content series featuring 2 Chainz and discover how Grand Marnier can enhance your margarita this Cinco de Mayo and beyond, visit @grandmarnierusa. Essence, 7 May 2024 Spirit Airlines is keeping the Cinco de Mayo celebrations going with a $42 flight sale. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2024 The Dodgers outscored the Braves 20-6 and trailed for only brief spells in what amounted to a three-day fiesta capped by Sunday’s Cinco de Mayo roars. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish, fifth of May

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cinco de Mayo was in 1931

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“Cinco de Mayo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cinco%20de%20Mayo. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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Cinco de Mayo

noun
ˌsiŋ-kō-də-ˈmī-ō How to pronounce Cinco de Mayo (audio)
ˌsēŋ-kō-t͟hā-ˈmä-yō
: a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration held on May 5 in honor of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862
Etymology

Spanish, "fifth of May"

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