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1 : literally, the fifth of May

2a : a holiday celebrated by millions of Mexican nationals in America with notable festivity and drunkenness to commemorate their heritage and pride in the greatness of a country they couldn't wait to leave

2b : a holiday celebrated in Mexico by a small number of Mexicans with overwrought sadness and drunkenness to lament their expulsion from America by the Border Patrol <see also, el día de los muertos>
We wildly waved the la Bandera de México at the East LA Cinco de Mayo festival to protest those nasty gringos who won't defund the Border Patrol so they can afford to increase our welfare checks and medical care.

"Happy Cinco de Mayo! Now go kill some Gringo Bastardos!" Jose Angel Gutierrez
by J. Myars May 05, 2009
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A beer-fest that occurs on May 5 of the year, with lots of tequila and margaritas.
Man, I got so wasted on Cinco de Mayo!
by melissa morton May 10, 2003
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This started out as a tragedy in the late eighteenth century. It is a well known fact that mexicans love mayonnaise. A large steam tanker of this condiment was crossing the gulf of mexico from florida when a large storm occured, sinking the tanker. The horrified mexicans witnessed this and named the day of the sinking, May 5, a national holiday of drowning their worries with corona.
"O no-o! Did-o you hear-o about the cinco de mayo??!!"
by G Love July 06, 2006
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When a whole bunch of white college kids get together and have a kegger for reasons unbeknownst to them. These parties usually occur in the whitest of whitebread neighborhoods, and shirk far, far, farrrr away from what the people of Mexico actually celebrate.
Frat Boy A: Dude! You comin' to the Cinco De Mayo party tonight? We're gonna get WASTED!

Frat Boy B: Dude: I'm Mexican. That's effed up.

But I'm definitely coming.
by jimenarocker May 06, 2009
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Contrary to a surprising public belief, Cindo de Mayo is not a holiday of independance. It celebrates the battle of Puebla(1862), when 2000 Mexican soldiers beat back 6000 French attackers under the rule of Napolean III. This is also the day that Napolean died. So far as I understand it, the holiday is celebrated much more in the US than in Mexico. We can thank the Corona beer company and college students for this.
"Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independance Day. That is September 16th."
by plasticus May 07, 2004
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