piñata

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Despite the onslaught, the pinata finished with a higher quarterback rating than the actual Mason Rudolph. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 13," 26 Nov. 2019 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, oregonlive.com, "Remembering Keyla, 13, the bullied girl with autism, gunned down at Gilroy Garlic Festival," 11 Aug. 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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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Piñata.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinata. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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piñata

noun
How to pronounce piñata (audio)

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

piñata

noun
pi·​ña·​ta | \ pēn-ˈyä-tə \

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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