Definition of posada in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈsädə/ /pəˈsɑdə/


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

    ‘Now, Nicaragua has smart jungle lodges, friendly posadas and ecofriendly local operators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We hiked every day high up in the mountains, slept in posadas for US $10 a night, breakfast included.’
    • ‘There is no lack of accommodation at posadas, with bedroom and shower.’
    • ‘The posada was lively and filled with the living.’
    • ‘They stop at a posada, and Jake and Bill have a drink.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Christmas is celebrated with nightly posadas from December 16 to Christmas Eve, December 24.’


Spanish, from posar ‘to lodge’.