Definition of Santeria in English:



mass noun
  • A pantheistic Afro-Cuban religious cult developed from the beliefs and customs of the Yoruba people and incorporating some elements of the Catholic religion.

    • ‘I've tried to find answers in many fields, i.e. Buddhism, santeria, Christianity, but these avenues were not providing the answers that I needed but rather worsening my severe confusion.’
    • ‘Pure West African rhythms can still be heard in the drum-driven ceremonies of voodoo and santeria throughout the Caribbean and South America.’
    • ‘And speaking of voodoo and santeria, it'll be a good idea to also cover the drumming used.’
    • ‘Bored by the slogans and hard labor, she eventually is drawn to the African-Cuban religion santeria, giving her some spiritual peace before her death.’
    • ‘What's the difference between voodoo, hoodoo, santeria, and candomble?’
    • ‘If its guarding your aura, my first impression is something of the voodoo / santeria nature, as one on these paths has a spirit that ‘owns’ one's head, and can be known to be quite protective of it.’
    • ‘Many of those who call themselves Catholics are also adherents of an Afro-Cuban religious tradition known as santeria.’
    • ‘A dabbler in santeria and a believer in omens (aguero means portent or augury), Constancia's favorite radio show is La Hora de los Milagros, ‘The Hour of Miracles.’’
    • ‘She also took Spanish lessons so she could talk to people and have a greater understanding of santeria and the African origins of Cuban culture.’
    • ‘She also taught him about santeria, Cuba's African-derived religion that has outlasted any political regime.’


Spanish, literally ‘holiness’.