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 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, "No Easter Bunny visits and community egg hunts? How to celebrate Easter with your kids during the coronavirus shutdown," 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, "While your kids are out of school, here are 50 things to keep them busy and socially distant," 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, "Mark Zuckerberg Struggles to Keep Libra Alive," 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, "Three takeaways from Maryland football’s 19-16 loss to Michigan State and the 2019 season," 2 Dec. 2019 There's a burrito pinata freshener, a Corazon de Oro sew-on patch and Pan Dulce shoelaces. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options," 25 Nov. 2019 She and her husband had planned to host their daughters’ preschool classmates with candy, a pinata and a movie if trick-or-treating wasn’t an option. Washington Post, "Fires, smoke disrupt Halloween fun for many California kids," 31 Oct. 2019 Pick: Bears by 3 BROWNS AT STEELERS (+2) Cleveland fans on Sunday hit a pinata of Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet, Myles Garrett style. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 13," 26 Nov. 2019 There’s a burrito pinata freshener, a Corazon de Oro sew-on patch and Pan Dulce shoelaces. Washington Post, "Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options," 22 Nov. 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 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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