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casita

[kuh-see-tuh; Spanish kah-see-tah] /kəˈsi tə; Spanish kɑˈsi tɑ/
noun, plural casitas
[kuh-see-tuh z; Spanish kah-see-tahs] /kəˈsi təz; Spanish kɑˈsi tɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small crude dwelling forming part of a shantytown inhabited by Mexican laborers in the southwestern U.S.
2.
a luxurious bungalow serving as private guest accommodations at a resort hotel, especially in the southwestern U.S. or Mexico.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < American Spanish, Spanish, equivalent to cas(a) house, home (< Latin) + -ita diminutive suffix
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