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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The nine-day San Fermin fiesta, where six bulls are run every morning in the city's narrow streets before being killed in afternoon bullfights, draws around 1 million visitors annually, including many from the United States., "Florence, Kentucky man gored in the thigh in Pamplona bull run," 7 July 2019 Even Border Patrol agents on bicycles from the El Centro station zipped around the fiesta with smiles. Gustavo Arellano,, "In Andy Ruiz Jr.’s underdog win, the Imperial Valley sees a ‘Rocky’ story of its own," 30 June 2019 An inexhaustible, year-round adventure lover’s dream, California is home to nine national parks, more than 300 state parks, a fiesta of rushing rivers, 3,427 miles of dramatic Pacific coastline, and the world’s tallest forests. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "20 dreamy photos of California’s natural wonders," 3 June 2019 Casa de Bandini will serve a Father’s Day brunch buffet with picks like buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, cheese enchiladas, huevos con chorizo, fiesta potatoes, an omelet station, and fruit, flan and pan dulce for dessert. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Sunday is Father’s Day. Have you made your dinner reservations yet?," 11 June 2019 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

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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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