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also Kwan·za  (kwän′zə)
An African-American cultural festival, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.

[Swahili (matunda ya) kwanza, first (fruits), from kwanza, first (respelled in English as kwanzaa to have seven letters corresponding to the seven traditional African virtuous principles celebrated by the holiday).]


a seven-day festival beginning on Dec 26 when African-Americans celebrate family, community, and culture
[C20: from Swahili (matunda ya) kwanza first (fruits)]


or Kwan•za

(ˈkwɑn zə)

n., pl. -zaas or -zas.
a harvest festival celebrated from Dec. 26 until Jan. 1 in some African-American communities.
[1960–65; < Swahili kwanzaa first fruits of the harvest]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Kwanzaa - a festival featuring African-American cultureKwanzaa - a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"