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

Illustration of piñata

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Examples of piñata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As for Vivek Ramaswamy, he got knocked around like a pinata. Nr Staff, National Review, 27 Sep. 2023 In a PopSugar interview, Jenna described celebrating birthdays with pinatas and making tamales at Christmas. Julie Tremaine, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 There was the run-scoring revelation in the thin air of Mexico City with the sombreros and pinatas that came with it. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2023 Soak Up Culture at Mercado Sonora Mexico City is home to multiple markets, but Mercado Sonora is one of the few that sells occult products alongside pinatas, home goods, and fresh cactus. Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2023 May 5-7: Cincy Cinco Latin Festival The sounds of Latin America will fill the air this weekend with live music and dance, a conga parade, pinatas, and authentic Latino food from a variety of vendors and merchants. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2023 Also, Kimora looked like a pinata. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 16 Oct. 2021 For floral arrangements, focus on desert plants like succulents, and instead of money balloons, get a money pinata. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 29 Mar. 2023 Shuan Shuan's last birthday pinata is there too. Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piñata was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Piñata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pi%C3%B1ata. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


pi·​ña·​ta pēn-ˈyät-ə How to pronounce piñata (audio)
: a decorated container filled with candies, fruits, and gifts which is hung up to be broken open with sticks by blindfolded persons during festivities

Spanish, literally, "pot"

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