from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Christmas festival originating in Latin America that dramatizes the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging.
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- n. A traditional Mexican Christmas procession
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inn.
American Spanish, from Spanish, lodging, from posar, to lodge, rest, from Late Latin pausāre, to rest, from Latin pausa, pause; see pause.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)