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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There were pinatas and cake, chorizo and asada tacos. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive.com, "Remembering Keyla, 13, the bullied girl with autism, gunned down at Gilroy Garlic Festival," 11 Aug. 2019 There were pinatas and cake, chorizo and asada tacos. Los Angeles Times, "Mother watched as daughter gunned down in Gilroy: ‘She took my hand and looked up at the sky’," 6 Aug. 2019 Rhinegeist marks next journey around the sun with hot activities, cool treats, live bands and DJs, a giant pinata, and plenty of rare and limited beers. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 24-30," 24 June 2019 Starting pitchers were pinatas in this game — and afterthoughts — save for the fact that the Ryu entered the evening with a 1.27 ERA, having given up a total of 14 earned runs in his first 15 starts. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies win slugfest over Dodgers to snap 12-game losing streak against Blue Bombers from LA," 28 June 2019 Whether Rocker will get Vanderbilt’s Game 1 start could depend on coach Tim Corbin’s loyalty to his titular ace, Drake Fellows (12-1), who was pounded like a pinata Friday night against Duke. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "What it lacks in star power, Louisville baseball makes up for in offensive firepower," 11 June 2019 Second row slides forward for easy third-row ingress, and lays flat for a full flat floor for transporting folding tables and chairs, and a pinata or two. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Nissan Armada review: The beauty of this beast is value," 11 Apr. 2018 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

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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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