po·​sa·​da pə-ˈsä-də How to pronounce posada (audio)
: an inn in Spanish-speaking countries

Examples of posada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parallels of Mary and Joseph as migrants seeking refuge to today’s migrants make posada celebrations especially poignant each year in the San Diego-Tijuana region. Alexandra Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2023 Officials said the attack happened when an armed group opened fire on party guests attending a posada, which is a traditional Mexican party held in the days leading up to Christmas. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 18 Dec. 2023 Both groups alternate singing the posada litany, reenacting the couple’s search until finally being admitted to an inn. Stephanie García, baltimoresun.com, 25 Dec. 2021 Much beloved across Latin America, the posada commemorates Mary and Joseph's search for shelter as they're forced to travel from their village to Bethlehem before Jesus' birth. Arkansas Online, 25 Dec. 2022 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate After a grueling journey from Venezuela, 4-year-old Mathias and his family are celebrating their first Christmas in the United States while living in a place of worship — a small posada on the West Side. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Dec. 2022 The Chula Vista Center hosts a free holiday posada in the center’s northern court area around the Christmas tree. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2022 There will be a posada each night until Christmas Eve. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 The word posada means inn or lodging, and traditionally the festival takes place across nine nights leading up to Christmas Eve. Stephanie García, baltimoresun.com, 25 Dec. 2021

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Word History


Spanish, from posar to lodge, from Late Latin pausare

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of posada was in 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Posada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posada. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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