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luminaria

[loo-muh-nair-ee-uh; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryah]
noun, plural lu·mi·nar·i·as [loo-muh-nair-ee-uh z; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryahs] /ˌlu məˈnɛər i əz; Spanish ˌlu miˈnɑ ryɑs/.
  1. (especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a Christmas lantern consisting of a lighted candle set in sand inside a paper bag.
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Origin of luminaria

1945–50; < Mexican Spanish, Spanish: any lamp or lantern displayed during a festival < Medieval Latin, Late Latin lūmināria, orig. neuter plural of lūmināris lamp; see lumen, -ar1
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Historical Examples of luminaria

  • Sometimes a weak moon-ray passing down the luminaria would strike at the bottom on a slab of marble covered with inscriptions.

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski