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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 At the conclusion of the posada tat night, the children will join in a pinata party. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 The posada will feature a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s arrival in Bethlehem, American holiday classics and traditional Mexican carols. Diane Lopez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2021 Last Saturday’s procession in Baltimore made three stops to sing the posada litany at Fruity Bar, Vargas Bakery and Salem Methodist Church before arriving at Our Lady of Pompei Church on Claremont Street. Stephanie García, baltimoresun.com, 25 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Posada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posada. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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