Definition of kinara in English:


Line breaks: ki¦nara
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
More example sentences
  • For the duration of the holiday, from Dec. 26 until Jan. 1, stores will put on Kwanzaa displays using African themes and featuring a kinara.
  • Each night during the celebration friends and families gather to light a candle, which is placed in a seven-branch kinara.
  • At the celebration the community has a gathering of people where we light the first candle on the kinara.


1970s: Swahili, 'candleholder'.

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