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 (pō-sä′də, -dä)
A Christmas festival originating in Latin America that dramatizes the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging.

[American Spanish, from Spanish, lodging, from posar, to lodge, rest, from Late Latin pausāre, to rest, from Latin pausa, pause; see pause.]
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n, pl -das (-ðas)
(Commerce) an inn in a Spanish-speaking country
[literally: place for stopping]
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But after we had been two days on the road, on entering the posada of a village a day's journey from this, I saw him at the inn door in the dress of a muleteer, and so well disguised, that if I did not carry his image graven on my heart it would have been impossible for me to recognise him.
TWO PSYCHIATRISTS -- Jacqueline Posada, MD, and Sarah Reinstein, MD --have joined the editorial advisory board of CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY NEWS.
In other words, the bridge is a supranational infrastructure, shared locally by Posada and Encarnacion residents, constituting a living urban space.
A revamp of The Crown Posada revealed the colourful murals under layers of wallpaper.
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