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[poh-sah-duh; Spanish paw-sah-th ah] /poʊˈsɑ də; Spanish pɔˈsɑ ðɑ/
noun, plural posadas
[poh-sah-duh z; Spanish paw-sah-th ahs] /poʊˈsɑ dəz; Spanish pɔˈsɑ ðɑs/ (Show IPA)
(in some Spanish-speaking countries) a government-operated or -approved inn offering moderately priced rooms to tourists, especially in a historic area.
Origin of posada
1755-65; < Spanish: inn, lodging, dwelling, equivalent to pos(ar) to lodge, rest (< Late Latin pausāre; see pose1) + -ada, feminine of -ado -ate1 Unabridged
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  • It was no doubt a posada and some other traveller was trying for admittance.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Then he turned in to the posada, and hastily summoned Mateo.

  • I was assisted by the landlord of the posada, who had risen, and was stalking about in his serape.

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

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • She is worth a journey to the posada to see, but then, what is that—what are a few wisps of flowers?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • Not even in the old days had the posada witnessed a gayer scene.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
British Dictionary definitions for posada


noun (pl) -das (-ðas)
an inn in a Spanish-speaking country
Word Origin
literally: place for stopping
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for posada

"inn," 1763, from Spanish posada "home, lodging," from posar "to repose, rest, lodge," from Latin pausare (see pause (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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