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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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