Definition of quinceañera in US English:



  • (in Latin America and among Latinos) a celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday and her transition from childhood to adulthood, typically involving a mass followed by a party.

    ‘weddings, baptisms, quinceañeras, birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays are all celebrations that bring families together’
    • ‘They stay away from ethnic stores, forgo doctor's visits and meetings at their children's schools, and postpone girls' normally lavish quinceañeras, or 15th birthday parties.’
    • ‘I'm a professional photographer here in the San Antonio area, and my business caters to weddings and quinceañeras.’
    • ‘Her father had run a small jewelry store in a mall that catered mostly to young couples buying engagement rings and girls celebrating their quinceaneras.’
    • ‘"Now I fulfil my dream to celebrate my quinceañera."’
    • ‘In my head I pretended I was a real princess, dressed up in white silk like I'm at my quinceañera.’
    • ‘It was a Monday, and over the weekend Maritza had invited him to another girl's quinceañera.’
    • ‘People commonly commissioned fotoesculturas from traveling salesmen for various reasons and occasions, such as to celebrate weddings and quinceañeras, to memorialize the dead and to honor particular individuals.’
    • ‘The quinceanera had been a success, overall.’


Spanish, feminine of quinceañero ‘fifteen-year-old’.