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[Spanish keen-tah; Portuguese keen-tah, -tuh] /Spanish ˈkin tɑ; Portuguese ˈkĩ tɑ, -tə/
noun, plural quintas
[Spanish keen-tahs; Portuguese keen-tahs, -tuh sh] /Spanish ˈkin tɑs; Portuguese ˈkĩ tɑs, -təʃ/ (Show IPA).
Spanish, Portuguese.
an inn, especially one in the countryside. Unabridged
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  • The rest of the journey was performed without any incident, and they reached the quinta twenty minutes later.

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • But these thirty or more patterns do not exhaust the interest of the quinta.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • "In the quinta of a deserted plantation," replied the Caracunan.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • You must stop at the quinta and take care of mamma and Lola.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • He reached the Miserere, and, drawing rein at the quinta gate, looked over the hedge at the windows of the house beyond.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • He could find no trace of him, and the occupants of the quinta could tell him nothing.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • Antonio rose, for he calculated that it would be dark by the time he reached the quinta of the Marquis of Tavora.

    The Prime Minister W.H.G. Kingston
  • I thought you said he went to the quinta after the fight at the Pasa Chico.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • This quinta appears to me strong enough to resist a surprise.

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • Oh, then I should have hastened to gain my quinta, which I am very sorry I ever quitted.

    The Pearl of the Andes Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for quinta


(winemaking) a Portuguese vineyard where grapes for wine or port are grown
Word Origin
C20: from Portuguese, literally: a country estate, farm
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Word Origin and History for quinta

"country house, villa," 1754, from Spanish and Portuguese quinta, originally a farm and house let out for a rent of one-fifth of its produce, from Latin quintus "one fifth," related to quinque "five" (see quinque-).

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