luminaria

[loo-muh-nair-ee-uh; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryah]
noun, plural luminarias [loo-muh-nair-ee-uhz; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryahs] .
(especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a Christmas lantern consisting of a lighted candle set in sand inside a paper bag.

Origin:
1945–50; < Mexican Spanish, Spanish: any lamp or lantern displayed during a festival < Medieval Latin, Late Latin lūmināria, orig. neuter plural of lūmināris lamp; see lumen, -ar1

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To luminaria
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: luminant
Next Definition: luminary
Words Near: luminaria
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for luminaria
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing luminaria
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Example sentences
Several library staff volunteered during the grand opening weekend, which included a luminaria procession and mariachi music.
Also a luminaria ceremony was held in honor of survivors and those who died from the disease.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature