[ kuh-see-tuh; Spanish kah-see-tah ]

noun,plural ca·si·tas [kuh-see-tuhz; 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 United States.

  2. a luxurious bungalow serving as private guest accommodations at a resort hotel, especially in the southwestern United States or Mexico.

  1. (especially in the southwestern United States) a small house, especially one built alongside or as an addition to a larger main home.

Origin of casita

First recorded in 1920–25; from Latin American Spanish, Spanish, equivalent to cas(a) “house, home” (from Latin ) + -ita diminutive suffix

Words Nearby casita Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use casita in a sentence

  • Each casita is situated with a private outhouse, double loft bed, and futon for two.

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

  • 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.

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  • In the poor casita of an old woman he awaited me—in a verree leetle house in a dark place.