a decorated figure of clay or papier-mâché, hung up for use in a children's party game: blindfolded players take turns wielding a stick in an effort to break open the figure and release its contents of toys and candy: orig. a part of Mexican Christmas celebrations
Origin of piñataMexican Spanish from Sp, origin, originally , a pot from Italian pignatta, ultimately from Classical Latin pinea, pine cone from pinus, pine tree
- 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 pīnea ; see pineal .
- See Spanish meaning.
OriginSee also: pinata