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[kan-tee-nuh; Spanish kahn-tee-nah] /kænˈti nə; Spanish kɑnˈti nɑ/
noun, plural cantinas
[kan-tee-nuh z; Spanish kahn-tee-nahs] /kænˈti nəz; Spanish kɑnˈti nɑs/ (Show IPA).
Southwestern U.S.
a saloon; bar.
Origin of cantina
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish < Italian; see canteen Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cantina
  • They took the agent to a cantina and he grew more drunk and less convivial with every round.
  • He's building a new environmentally friendly cantina, suiting his natural enological philosophy and architectural degree.
  • We tasted wine from the latest harvest in the cantina, a work in progress, delightfully grapy.
  • Or the cantina music in the country and western bar.
  • More upgrades can be found once you unlock the cantina.
British Dictionary definitions for cantina


a bar or wine shop, esp in a Spanish-speaking country
Word Origin
from Spanish
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Word Origin and History for cantina

"bar room, saloon," 1892, Texas and U.S. southwest dialect, from Spanish and Italian form of canteen.

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