Definition of kinara in English:



North American
  • A candleholder for seven candles, used in celebrating the festival of Kwanzaa.

    ‘the seven principles of Kwanzaa are illustrated by the seven-candle kinara’
    • ‘For the duration of the holiday, from Dec. 26 until Jan. 1, stores will put on Kwanzaa displays using African themes and featuring a kinara.’
    • ‘Each night during the celebration friends and families gather to light a candle, which is placed in a seven-branch kinara.’
    • ‘A little girl and her family prepare for Kwanzaa: They pull out the kinara and place the seven candles, they add yams, apples and nuts to the kikombe, and as the first day begins they ask, "Habari gani?"’
    • ‘The kinara was seven used candleholders, and we carved out a coconut to use as a unity cup.’
    • ‘At the celebration the community has a gathering of people where we light the first candle on the kinara.’


1970s: Swahili, candleholder.