[kuh-see-tuh; Spanish kah-see-tah]
noun, plural casitas [kuh-see-tuhz; Spanish kah-see-tahs] .
a small crude dwelling forming part of a shantytown inhabited by Mexican laborers in the southwestern U.S.
a luxurious bungalow serving as private guest accommodations at a resort hotel, especially in the southwestern U.S. or Mexico.

1920–25; < American Spanish, Spanish, equivalent to cas(a) house, home (< Latin) + -ita diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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