Definitions for kwanzaaˈkwɑn zə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Kwan•zaaˈkwɑn zə(n.)(pl.)-zaas or -zas.
a harvest festival celebrated from Dec. 26 until Jan. 1 in some African-American communities.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of Kwanzaa:
1960–65; < Swahili kwanzaa first fruits of the harvest
a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year
A week-long African-American cultural holiday held between December 26 and January 1.
Origin: The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase ‘matunda ya kwanza’, meaning “first fruits”. The additional “a” was added to “Kwanza” so that the word would have seven letters, one for each of the Seven Principles “Nguzu Saba” of Blackness.