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 The Maplewood mother of five adult children never puts away her kinara, the candelabra that's central to any observance of Kwanzaa. Rohan Preston Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 18 Dec. 2020 Images of a menorah and a kinara were torn down from a cultural celebration bulletin board in Wilson Hall. Amanda Blanco,, 2 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 22 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kinara.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kinara

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinara

Swahili, candlestick

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About kinara

Dictionary Entries Near kinara

kinah meter



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for kinara

Cite this Entry

“Kinara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!