alegria

noun al·e·gria \ˌa-lə-ˈgrē-ə\

Definition of alegria

plural

-s

Southwest

  1. :  any of certain herbs of the genus Amaranthus the red juice of which is sometimes used locally as a cosmetic

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Origin and Etymology of alegria

Mexican Spanish alegría, from Spanish, happiness, gaiety, from alegre happy, gay, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin alecrus — more at allegro


First Known Use: 1922


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