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 Every time there’s a pinata and a ball bat around, or somebody breaks out the Slip ‘N Slide at grandma’s house, or someone hooks anything to the trailer hitch on his truck, the cell phones come out. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 6 Apr. 2021 To add a special pop to your countdown, give HGTV’s confetti pinata a spin. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, 31 Dec. 2020 Put all the Halloween candy in a pinata to break open. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2020 Even better, upgrade the festivities with the $70 package that also includes two horchata cupcakes from Mermaids Bakery and a small pinata filled with goodies. Linnea Covington, The Know, 30 Apr. 2020 Work for your candy: Make a homemade papier mache pinata, fill it with chocolate eggs, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2020 Make a homemade pinata out of papier mache, fill it with candy and break that thing open. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2020 Mark Zuckerberg’s cryptocurrency project, Libra, has become the regulatory equivalent of a pinata: Everyone is lining up to hit it with a stick. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2019 Jackson returned as a starter, but because of his lack of mobility and Maryland’s offensive line woes was nothing more than a human pinata for most of the season. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, 2 Dec. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Piñata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pi%C3%B1ata. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of piñata

: a decorated container filled with candies, fruits, and gifts that is hung up at parties or celebrations and hit with a stick by children until it is broken and the things inside it fall out


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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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