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 (pĭn-yä′tə, pēn-)
1. A decorated container filled with candy and toys suspended from a height, intended to be broken by blindfolded children with sticks, and used as part of Christmas and birthday celebrations in certain Latin-American countries or at children's parties.
2. A frequent object or victim of ongoing criticism or abuse: "Partially hydrogenated oils [have become] a piñata for public health officials worldwide" (Michael Mason).

[Spanish, from Italian pignatta, a kind of pot, probably from dialectal pigna, pine cone (from its shape), from Latin pīnea; see pineal.]


a papier-mâché party decoration filled with sweets, hung up during parties, and struck with a stick until it breaks open
[Spanish, from Italian pignatta, probably from dialect pigna, from Latin pinea pine cone]


(pinˈyɑ tə, pɪnˈyɑ-)

n., pl. -tas.
(in Mexico and Central America) a decorated crock or papier-mâché figure filled with toys, candy, etc., and suspended from above, esp. at birthday parties and Christmas, so that blindfolded children may break it with sticks and release the contents.
[1885–90; < Sp: literally, pot < Italian pignatta]
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Noun1.pinata - plaything consisting of a container filled with toys and candypinata - plaything consisting of a container filled with toys and candy; suspended from a height for blindfolded children to break with sticks
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
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