piñata

noun
pi·​ña·​ta | \ pēn-ˈyä-tə How to pronounce piñata (audio) , pin- \
variants: or pinata

Definition of piñata

: a decorated vessel (such as of papier-mâché) filled with candies, fruits, and gifts and hung up to be broken with sticks by blindfolded persons as part of especially Latin American festivities (as at Christmas or for a birthday party)

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Examples of piñata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patrick Corbin, signed to a flags-fly-forever $140 million deal before 2019, has been a pinata since, appropriately failing to complete five innings in Monday’s 7-3 loss. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2022 He’s already been sacked a career-high 37 times and hit more than a pinata. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 11 Dec. 2021 Bring your bear to the Mill Museum for a holiday party, which features crafts and a pinata. courant.com, 4 Dec. 2021 Put all the Halloween candy in a pinata to break open. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Put all the Halloween candy in a pinata to break open. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Elsa's celebration included extra enrichment activities, extra treats, a personal pinata, and presents. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Put all the Halloween candy in a pinata to break open. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Put all the Halloween candy in a pinata to break open. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of piñata

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piñata

Spanish piñata, literally, pot, from Italian pignatta, probably from pigna pine cone — more at pignoli

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The first known use of piñata was in 1868

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Last Updated

8 Aug 2022

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“Piñata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pi%C3%B1ata. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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piñata

noun
pi·​ña·​ta | \ pēn-ˈyä-tə \

Kids Definition of piñata

: a decorated container filled with treats (as candy and toys) and hung up to be broken open by a blindfolded person with a stick

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