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[kan-tee-nuh; Spanish kahn-tee-nah]
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noun, plural can·ti·nas [kan-tee-nuh z; Spanish kahn-tee-nahs] /kænˈti nəz; Spanish kɑnˈti nɑs/. Southwestern U.S.
  1. a saloon; bar.
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Origin of cantina

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < Italian; see canteen
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Paul Bartlett

  • There are eighteen holes, with a favorite "nineteenth" in the cantina.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cantina


  1. a bar or wine shop, esp in a Spanish-speaking country
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Word Origin

from Spanish
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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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