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[kuh-ban-uh, -ban-yuh, -bah-nuh, -bahn-yuh] /kəˈbæn ə, -ˈbæn yə, -ˈbɑ nə, -ˈbɑn yə/
a small cabin or tentlike structure for use as a bathhouse, especially on a beach or by a swimming pool.
a cabin or cottage.
Also, cabaña
[Spanish kah-vah-nyah] /Spanish kɑˈvɑ nyɑ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cabana
1830-40; < Spanish cabaña; see cabin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cabana
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  • There Felicidad is staying in the cabana of my mother, and to there I shall be glad to guide you.

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  • Quesada made his way into the cabana where he had left Felicidad.

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  • Ah, there has been some little domestic trouble in her cabana this night!

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  • The wharves of Carpineti, cabana and Marimilena were constructed.

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  • And what poor serrano can provision his good wife and his cabana full of lusty brats by hunting the Spanish ibex?

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  • Guided and aided by the matador, Carson stumbled down the uneven street toward Quesada's cabana.

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  • Lip quivering but head held with a quiet proud demeanor, she turned toward the cabana wherein the American lay.

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  • He went from cabana to choza outside, bringing brandy and nutritive food to the convalescing.

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  • Her low white brow knuckled with perplexity, Felicidad appeared in the doorway of the cabana.

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  • All the while, as he listened, he eyed Don Jaime with fearful anxiety as the physician moved in and out from choza to cabana.

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British Dictionary definitions for cabana


(mainly US) a tent used as a dressing room by the sea
Word Origin
from Spanish cabaña:cabin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cabana

1898, western U.S., from American Spanish cognate of cabin (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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