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.


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

American Spanish, from Spanish, lodging, from posar, to lodge, rest, from Late Latin pausāre, to rest, from Latin pausa, pause; see pause.


  • _El salir de la posada, es la mejor jornada_, -- "_the best part of the journey_, say the Spaniards, _is the getting_ _out of the posada_."

    A Year's Journey through France and Part of Spain, 1777 Volume 1 (of 2)

  • It's currently the low season, so the posada is closed, but it is open for bookings from December onwards.

    South America: Perfect posadas

  • The girls there would ask me if the English caballero in the posada was a monk in disguise, or if he had taken a vow to the sancissima madre not to speak to a woman, or whether -- You can imagine what fairly free-spoken girls will ask when they come to the point of not caring what they say; and it used to vex me.


  • The posada was a wretched one, but there were few people in it.

    In New Granada Heroes and Patriots

  • The posada was a large building, the windows of which were well fenced with rejas, or iron grating: no light gleamed from them, and the silence of death not only seemed to pervade the house, but the street in which it was situated.

    The Bible in Spain

  • A posada is a Christmas festival celebrated in Latin America that dramatizes Joseph and Mary's search for lodging in anticipation of the birth of Jesus. Breaking News : News

  • We got there late Saturday night and checked into our "posada" kind of like a bed and breakfast, but cooler.

    Colonia, Uruguay!

  • Christmas carols (villancicos) are sung by all in the procession, and the songs ask for "posada" or shelter at the inn.

    Las Posadas: the nine days of Christmas

  • This just MIGHT not be becaues they live in pool halls, think of it this way .... what do you call a "posada"?

    Feliz d�a de Acci�n de Gracias

  • This passage is an attestation of the fact, that during the reign of Philip IV. the buildings of the Spanish provinces in which dramatic performances were represented were at the same time the residence, "posada," of the actors -- a custom even now not altogether extinguished; but which Le Sage could only know through the medium of a

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844


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  • "...he had passed a posada where carts and wagons stood under the shade of carob-trees while their drivers drank and rested..."

    --O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 139

    March 14, 2008