piñata

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noun pi·ña·ta \pēn-ˈyä-tə\

Definition of piñata

  1. :  a decorated vessel (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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Variants of piñata

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pinata

Origin and Etymology of piñata

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


First Known Use: 1883


PIÑATA Defined for English Language Learners

piñata

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noun pi·ña·ta \pēn-ˈyä-tə\

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


Learn More about piñata

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of piñata


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