Definition of quinceañera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkinsāənˈyerə/


(In Latin America and among Latinos) a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday and her transition from childhood to adulthood, typically involving a mass followed by a party: weddings, baptisms, quinceañeras, birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays are all celebrations that bring families together
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  • They stay away from ethnic stores, forgo doctor's visits and meetings at their children's schools, and postpone girls' normally lavish quinceañeras, or 15th birthday parties.


Spanish, feminine of quinceañero 'fifteen-year-old'.

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Syllabification: quin·ce·a·ñe·ra

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