Kwanzaa

noun
Kwan·​zaa | \ ˈkwän-zə How to pronounce Kwanzaa (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Kwanza

Definition of Kwanzaa

: an African American cultural festival held from December 26 to January 1

First Known Use of Kwanzaa

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kwanzaa

Swahili kwanza first

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“Kwanzaa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kwanzaa. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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Kwanzaa

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English Language Learners Definition of Kwanzaa

: an African-American cultural festival held from December 26 to January 1

Kwanzaa

noun
Kwan·​zaa | \ ˈkwän-zə How to pronounce Kwanzaa (audio) \

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: an African-American cultural festival held from December 26 to January 1

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