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

Origin of cantina

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

Words Nearby cantina Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cantina in a sentence

  • As they came out of the livery barn again, Bartley happened to glance at the lighted doorway of the cantina opposite.

    Partners of Chance | Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • She has the woman at the cantina backed off the map, and my future Spanish lessons will be under the wing of Doña Luz.

    The Treasure Trail | Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Their sudden action did not escape the soldier, who, attributing it to another cause, also hastily quitted the cantina.

  • Then they entered a cantina for breakfast, purposely choosing one that was little frequented by Americans.

  • In Fernando's eyes, in the cantina, there had been the glaze of fear.

    When the Owl Cries | Paul Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for cantina


/ (kænˈtiːnə) /

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

Origin of cantina

from Spanish

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