kinara

noun
ki·​na·​ra | \ kē-ˈnä-rə How to pronounce kinara (audio) \

Definition of kinara

: a candelabra with seven candlesticks used in celebrating Kwanzaa

Examples of kinara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each day of the festival is dedicated to a specific principal, marked by lighting a new candle on the kinara, a seven-branched candelabra. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "The seven principles of Kwanzaa," 26 Dec. 2019 The kinara holds seven candles, the Mishumaa Saba, which is three red candles on the left, and three green on the right with a black candle in the center that represents the African flag. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'A celebration of blackness': Everything you need to know about Kwanzaa in Louisville," 23 Dec. 2019 The kinara holds seven candles, one black, three red and three green, which represent the people, the struggle and the future. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "A non-black person's guide to Kwanzaa," 26 Dec. 2017 The holidays shimmered with the light of kinaras and menorahs, the reflective sheen of Christmas ornaments, oily pans frying latkes, and the iced tops of homemade cookies. New York Times, "Holiday Madness in Midtown Manhattan," 23 Dec. 2017 Kwanzaa at the African American Museum Witness the lighting of the Kwanzaa kinara, attend dance and drum workshops, and enjoy a Kwanzaa magic show at the African American Museum this weekend. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia Dec. 24 to 30," 21 Dec. 2017 Special events FESTIVAL OF KWANZAA CELEBRATION: Each day a candle is lit on the kinara with a celebration of a new principle through a variety of activities. Maurice Alcala, Orange County Register, "Family fun calendar: January 2017," 22 Jan. 2017 Each day a candle is lit on the kinara with a celebration of a new principle through a variety of activities. Maurice Alcala, Orange County Register, "Family fun calendar: January 2017," 22 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of kinara

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinara

Swahili, candlestick

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“Kinara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinara. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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