Definitions for piñatapinˈyɑ tə, pɪnˈyɑ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pi•ña•tapinˈyɑ tə, pɪnˈyɑ-(n.)(pl.)-tas.
(in Mexico and Central America) a decorated crock or papier-mâché figure filled with toys, candy, etc., and suspended from above, esp. at birthday parties and Christmas, so that blindfolded children may break it with sticks and release the contents.
Category: Foreign Term
Origin of piñata:
1885–90; < Sp: lit., pot < It pignatta
plaything consisting of a container filled with toys and candy; suspended from a height for blindfolded children to break with sticks
A doll or other decorated container filled with candy, that gets hit with a hammer or a stick by blindfolded children during birthday parties or other celebrations until the candy falls out.