or Kwan·za

noun, plural Kwan·zaas.
  1. a harvest festival celebrated from Dec. 26th until Jan. 1st in some African-American communities.

Origin of Kwanzaa

First recorded in 1965–70, Kwanzaa is from the Swahili word kwanza first Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for kwanzaa


  1. a seven-day festival beginning on Dec 26 when African-Americans celebrate family, community, and culture

Word Origin for Kwanzaa

C20: from Swahili (matunda ya) kwanza first (fruits)
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