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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An African-American cultural festival, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.

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  • proper noun A week-long African-American cultural holiday held between December 26 and January 1.

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  • noun a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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).]

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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.

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