Definition of kinara in US English:

kinara

noun

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’
    • ‘Each night during the celebration friends and families gather to light a candle, which is placed in a seven-branch kinara.’
    • ‘At the celebration the community has a gathering of people where we light the first candle on the 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.’
    • ‘The kinara was seven used candleholders, and we carved out a coconut to use as a unity cup.’
    • ‘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?"’

Origin

1970s: Swahili, ‘candleholder’.

Pronunciation

kinara

/kiˈnärə/