Definition of posada in US English:



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

    • ‘There is no lack of accommodation at posadas, with bedroom and shower.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They stop at a posada, and Jake and Bill have a drink.’
    • ‘Now, Nicaragua has smart jungle lodges, friendly posadas and ecofriendly local operators.’
    1. 1.1 (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’
      • ‘The posadas are held on nine consecutive nights, ending on Christmas Eve.’
      • ‘A Christmastime tradition is the posada, a celebration held each night beginning on December 16.’
      • ‘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.’


Spanish, from posar ‘to lodge’.