from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An African-American cultural festival, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
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- proper n. A week-long African-American cultural holiday held between December 26 and January 1.
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- n. a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year
Possibly from Swahili kwanzaa, first fruit of the harvest, from kwanza, first.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase ‘matunda ya kwanza’, meaning “first fruits”. The additional “a” was added to “Kwanza” so that the word would have seven letters, one for each of the Seven Principles “Nguzu Saba” of Blackness. (Wiktionary)