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[loo-muh-nair-ee-uh; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryah] /ˌlu məˈnɛər i ə; Spanish ˌlu miˈnɑ ryɑ/
noun, plural luminarias
[loo-muh-nair-ee-uh z; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryahs] /ˌlu məˈnɛər i əz; Spanish ˌlu miˈnɑ ryɑs/ (Show IPA)
(especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a Christmas lantern consisting of a lighted candle set in sand inside a paper bag.
Origin of luminaria
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sometimes a weak moon-ray passing down the luminaria would strike at the bottom on a slab of marble covered with inscriptions.

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