[ loo-muh-nair-ee-uh; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryah ]
/ ˌlu məˈnɛər i ə; Spanish ˌlu miˈnɑ ryɑ /
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noun, plural lu·mi·nar·i·as [loo-muh-nair-ee-uhz; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryahs]. /ˌlu məˈnɛər i əz; Spanish ˌlu miˈnɑ ryɑs/.
(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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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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Example sentences from the Web for 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