Quinceanera meaning

kēnsĕ-ə-nyârə
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A celebration of the fifteenth birthday of a Hispanic or Latina girl, typically including a Roman Catholic Mass and often serving as a social debut.
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The girl whose birthday is celebrated at a quinceañera.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quinceanera
Plural:
quinceaeras, quinceaneras

Origin of quinceanera

  • American Spanish from Spanish feminine of quinceañero fifteen years old quince fifteen (from Latin quīndecim penkwe in Indo-European roots) año year (from Latin annus at- in Indo-European roots) -ero adj. suff. (from Latin -ārius)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition