piñata

noun pi·ña·ta \ pēn-ˈyä-tə , pin- \
variants: or pinata
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of piñata

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


PIÑATA Defined for English Language Learners

piñata

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Definition of piñata for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PIÑATA Defined for Kids

piñata

noun pi·ña·ta \ pēn-ˈyä-tə \

Definition of piñata for Students

: a decorated container filled with treats (as candy and toys) and hung up to be broken open by a blindfolded person with a stick

Learn More about piñata

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of piñata


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