[kan-tee-nuh; Spanish kahn-tee-nah]
- a saloon; bar.
Origin of cantina
1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < Italian; see canteen
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Examples from the Web for cantina
That fellow Fidelio rode into the cantina here at La Partida today.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
In Fernando's eyes, in the cantina, there had been the glaze of fear.When the Owl Cries
There are eighteen holes, with a favorite "nineteenth" in the cantina.Diplomatic Days
Reaching the plaza, I dismounted, entered the cantina and called for a basin of water.
The room was the cantina, and all were indulging in potations, more or less deep, of El Paso whiskey.
- a bar or wine shop, esp in a Spanish-speaking country
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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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