Definition of kinara in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɪˈnɑːrə/


North American
A candleholder for seven candles, used in celebrating the festival of Kwanzaa: the seven principles of Kwanzaa are illustrated by the seven-candle kinara
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  • At the celebration the community has a gathering of people where we light the first candle on the kinara.
  • The kinara was seven used candleholders, and we carved out a coconut to use as a unity cup.
  • A little girl and her family prepare for Kwanzaa: They pull out the kinara and place the seven candles, they add yams, apples and nuts to the kikombe, and as the first day begins they ask, "Habari gani?"


1970s: Swahili, 'candleholder'.

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