Definition of posada in English:

posada

noun

  • 1(in Spanish-speaking countries or regions) a hotel or inn.

    • ‘The place where I'm staying, is newish, and a cut above the rest - a row of shanty-chic posadas in a tropical garden right opposite those incendiary falls.’
    • ‘They stop at a posada, and Jake and Bill have a drink.’
    • ‘The posada was lively and filled with the living.’
    • ‘We hiked every day high up in the mountains, slept in posadas for US $10 a night, breakfast included.’
    • ‘Now, Nicaragua has smart jungle lodges, friendly posadas and ecofriendly local operators.’
    • ‘There is no lack of accommodation at posadas, with bedroom and shower.’
  • 2(in Mexico) a ritual re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem, performed just before Christmas:

    ‘the famous Oaxacan pre-Christmas posadas and processions’
    • ‘Christmas is celebrated with nightly posadas from December 16 to Christmas Eve, December 24.’
    • ‘Preceding Christmas are the colorful posadas, nightly celebrations that begin December 16 and commemorate Mary and Joseph's search for an inn in Bethlehem before Jesus was born.’
    • ‘A Christmastime tradition is the posada, a celebration held each night beginning on December 16.’
    • ‘The posadas are held on nine consecutive nights, ending on Christmas Eve.’

Origin

Spanish, from posar to lodge.

Pronunciation:

posada

/pəˈsɑːdə/