- A decorated container filled with candy and toys suspended from a height, intended to be broken by blindfolded children with sticks, and used as part of Christmas and birthday celebrations in certain Latin-American countries or at children's parties.
- A frequent object or victim of ongoing criticism or abuse: “Partially hydrogenated oils [have become] a piñata for public health officials worldwide” (Michael Mason).
Origin of pinataSpanish, from Italian pignatta, a kind of pot, probably from dialectal pigna, pine cone (from its shape), from Latin p&imacron;nea; see pineal.
- See Spanish meaning.
OriginSee also: pinata