pi·​ña·​ta | \pēn-ˈyä-tə, 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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Luz Velazquez and her mother Luz Larios, owner of Pinatas and More, make a Donald Trump pinata at their shop on May 9, 2018. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Trump piñatas a hit across cultures," 16 May 2018 Be sure not to miss the pinata-making class (2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) taught by The Pinata Shop's Carolina Vidal. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s happening in Anchorage for Cinco de Mayo," 4 May 2018 There was a giant water slide for the children and a game of pinata. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, ""Miracle" baby celebrates his first birthday at home," 9 June 2018 Fortunately, a lot of the floats were passing out candy, so no one felt the urge to bust open Sun King Brewery's pinata. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Pride: 7 proud moments that stood out at the parade," 9 June 2018 Hint: Vigilant kids will want to keep watch for the pinata-like Sky Kite that drops candy several times during the event. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Kite fest returns to Naperville," 24 May 2018 With a nod to the Cinco de Mayo date, the cafeteria was decorated with colorful pinatas. Thanked for a spectacular soiree were Chairwoman Christine Breaux and event stylist Brandy Pinedo. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Household hazardous waste to be collected in St. Tammany," 21 May 2018 The Trump pinata has become a staple of Mexican import and candy stores throughout the Chicago area. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Trump piñatas a hit across cultures," 16 May 2018 Post-Derby pinata contest at 5:30 p.m. Free admission.; bit.ly/2HCJpRw. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Cinco de Derby: Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day events in Cincinnati," 3 May 2018

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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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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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