San·​te·​ria ˌsan-tə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce Santeria (audio)
variants or less commonly Santería
: a religion practiced originally in Cuba in which Yoruba deities are identified with Roman Catholic saints

Word History


American Spanish santería, from santero practitioner of Santeria, from santo Yoruba deity, literally, saint's image, saint, from Spanish

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Santeria was in 1950

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“Santeria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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