ki·​na·​ra kē-ˈnä-rə How to pronounce kinara (audio)
: a candelabra with seven candlesticks used in celebrating Kwanzaa

Examples of kinara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These values are marked by lighting candles on a holder called a kinara – which holds three red candles, three green candles and a black candle in the center. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2022 The kinara is used to hold seven candles — known as the mishumaa saba — that represent the holiday's central seven principles. Theara Coleman, The Week, 26 Dec. 2022 Children can get involved with the ceremonial holiday tasks, like lighting the kinara and displaying the symbols on the mkeka. Chanté Griffin, Good Housekeeping, 19 Dec. 2022 Locals lit a community kinara, a ceremonial candle holder, outside the Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library, celebrating the third day of Kwanzaa, which began Dec. 26 and lasts until Jan. 1., with poetry and music. Daniel Kool,, 28 Dec. 2022 Kwanzaa candles are mounted on a candleholder called a kinara. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2022 And some might be preparing to light candles on a kinara during Kwanzaa. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2022 The seven principles also each correspond to a colored candle on the kinara. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 21 Dec. 2022 The set comes with a maxi skirt, top, sandals, headband, a black plastic kinara, unity cup, seven candles and more. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Swahili, candlestick

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinara was in 1975

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“Kinara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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