sugar skull

[ shoog-er skuhl ]

  1. a decorated model skull seen during Day of the Dead celebrations, usually molded or sculpted from sugar or clay and often placed on an altar with a deceased person's name on it.

Origin of sugar skull

First recorded in 1930–35; loan translation of Spanish calavera de azúcar
  • Spanish Ca·la·ver·a [kal-uh-ver-uh; Spanish kah-lah-ve-rah] /ˌkæl əˈvɛr ə; Spanish ˌkɑ lɑˈḇɛ rɑ/ .

Words Nearby sugar skull Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023