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See also: piñata



Alternative formsEdit


From Mexican Spanish piñata, from piña, from Latin pinea (pinecone), because its paper cover (on traditional making) resembles one. Alternatively from Spanish via Italian pignatta (clay pot),[1] from a Chinese custom allegedly introduced by Marco Polo.[2]



pinata (plural pinatas)

  1. (Latin American culture) A doll or other decorated container that is filled with candy and hit with a hammer or a stick by blindfolded children during birthday parties or other celebrations until the candy falls out.



pinata (third-person singular simple present pinatas, present participle pinataing, simple past and past participle pinataed)

  1. To hit something or someone with sticks after having filled them with candy.
    • 2015 (November 20) "Zombie Broheims", episode 14 of Pig Goat Banana Cricket
      Cricket: "Don't pinata me!"

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ pinata” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ Center for History and New Media (accessed March 15, 2019), “Piñata [Object]”, in Children and Youth in History, Item #411[1]: “Polo likely brought the idea to Italy, where by the 14th century it was associated with celebration of Lent, and acquired the Italian name pignatta or "fragile pot."”