an African-American cultural festival observed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1
also sp. Kwan′za
Origin of Kwanzaacoined (1966) by M. Ron Karenga, United States academic ; from Swahili matunda ya kwanza, first fruits (of harvest)
An African-American cultural festival, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
Origin of KwanzaaSwahili (matunda ya) kwanza, first (fruits), from kwanza, first (respelled in English as kwanzaa, to have seven letters corresponding to the seven traditional African virtuous principles celebrated by the holiday).