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casita

[kuh-see-tuh; Spanish kah-see-tah]
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noun, plural ca·si·tas [kuh-see-tuh z; Spanish kah-see-tahs] /kəˈsi təz; Spanish kɑˈsi tɑs/.
  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.
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Origin of casita

1920–25; < American Spanish, Spanish, equivalent to cas(a) house, home (< Latin) + -ita diminutive suffix
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  • The light in his own casita flickered briefly and then vanished.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough

  • But Dan Anderson was not there, neither was he to be found at his casita across the arroyo.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough

  • We started to take these pack trains home, going northward through Sonora, but when near Casita, Mexican troops overtook us.