[paw-sah-th ahs]


[poh-sah-duh; Spanish paw-sah-th ah]
noun, plural po·sa·das [poh-sah-duh z; Spanish paw-sah-th ahs] /poʊˈsɑ dəz; Spanish pɔˈsɑ ðɑs/.
  1. (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
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Historical Examples of posadas

  • Posadas is its chief station, and protects its southern outlet.

  • At Posadas the rafts are taken to pieces, and the trunks are delivered to the saw-mills.

  • The third section of the river stretches from Corrientes to Posadas, and beyond.

  • As for the Posadas, we are evidently not to be initiated into their mysteries.

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  • The crops from the colonies are stored in the shops at Posadas, and from there they go to the obrajes and yerbales.

British Dictionary definitions for posadas


noun plural -das (-ðas)
  1. an inn in a Spanish-speaking country

Word Origin for posada

literally: place for stopping
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Word Origin and History for posadas



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

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