[kan-tee-nuh; Spanish kahn-tee-nah]
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Origin of cantina

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish < Italian; see canteen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cantina

concession, cantina, drive-in

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British Dictionary definitions for cantina


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

Word Origin for cantina

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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