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Parranda

noun;
A very large party, marked by the presence of alcohol, music, and latinos The neologism and loan word "Parranda" has most likely leaked into Houston because of the city's large inhabitance by Spanish speakers. The term refers to a big party in which there is loud music and everyone is usually somewhat dressy. Because it is a loan word, the individual components cannot be analyzed properly. However the "par" or parranda may come from the Old French partay, 'party'. I believe this new word is being used versus other words meaning party because it explains what kind of dancing, music, and people will be there as well as the attire. Music is very often in spanish and there is usually food as opposed to drinking parties. In Spanish, parranda most often refers to a huge party and is not so much used to describe just a regular party. However, the U.S. is beginning to adopt parranda to mean party in general.
 
We are having a big parranda at our place.
Etymology : parranda. loan word from Spanish language. etymology unknown, perhaps originated from Old French partie, 'party'
Source : Erica
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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