fi·​es·​ta | \ fē-ˈe-stə How to pronounce fiesta (audio) \

Definition of fiesta

: festival specifically : a saint's day celebrated in Spain, Latin America, and the Philippines with processions and dances

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Examples of fiesta in a Sentence

the city's Latinos have a series of fiestas throughout the summer

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Suddenly every illicit exchange, insult, and bit of unrequited longing that had happened within his entourage during the fiesta had a serious literary currency. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Untold Story of the Woman Who Inspired Hemingway to Write The Sun Also Rises," 5 June 2016 Panama takes its parties seriously, and 2019 could mark the country’s most evolved fiesta yet. Julia Eskins, Vogue, "Why Panama is the Place to Go in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 This online shopping fiesta isn’t only for electronics. Jolie Peters, House Beautiful, "The Best 2018 Cyber Monday Furniture Deals," 14 Oct. 2018 Women and girls wearing the typical dress of Mexico’s Veracruz state perform the traditional, percussive zapateado dancing in hard-soled shoes on a makeshift wooden stage during the fiesta of St. James the Apostle in Chacalapa, Veracruz. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "The Folk Music That Inspired ‘La Bamba’ Finds a New Generation of Fans," 8 Aug. 2018 My aunt wears fiesta skirts with bright tops and more often than not, her signature pair of cherry red cowboy boots. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is What Street Style Looks Like in the Heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico," 19 July 2018 Cinco de Mayo in Sedona Immerse yourself in a colorful fiesta saluting a rich heritage. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "2018 Cinco de Mayo events in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Sedona and more," 1 May 2018 The nine-day fiesta was popularized by American novelist Ernest Hemingway. NBC News, "One person gored on opening day of Spain's annual running of the bulls," 7 July 2018 These are primarily between urban Eastern sophisticates and the great unwashed masses of flyover country, most of whom can no longer afford to take their family to even one football fiesta per season. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "NFL controversy is about so much more than a flag," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of fiesta

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fiesta

Spanish, from Latin festa — more at feast

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English Language Learners Definition of fiesta

: a public celebration in Spain and Latin America with parades and dances in honor of a saint


fi·​es·​ta | \ fē-ˈe-stə How to pronounce fiesta (audio) \

Kids Definition of fiesta

: a celebration especially in Spain and Latin America that commemorates a saint

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