can·​ti·​na kan-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce cantina (audio)
Southwestern US : a pouch or bag at the pommel of a saddle
Southwestern US : a small barroom : saloon

Examples of cantina in a Sentence

we spent an interesting evening in that desert town's lone cantina
Recent Examples on the Web Mercifully, one of my favorite cantinas in the world, the unfussy Saveur de Poisson, is still thriving. Chris Wallace, Travel + Leisure, 26 Apr. 2024 Along the way, Kay will explore bustling cities and cantinas, race across sprawling outdoor landscapes on her speeder, and pilot her ship the Trailblazer through the wilds of space. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 The city also has a legendary nightlife scene, with many bars, cantinas, and clubs, most of which offer live music and are housed in centuries-old saloon-style buildings. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2024 After a few years, Ray shifted his attention full time to Casa Vega, turning it into one of the city’s most popular Mexican cantinas. Bill Esparza, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 One of the oldest cantinas in the city, El Cardenal Cantina has a guest list of regulars and transients every night of the week. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2024 Government workers stop in at century-old cantinas for an afternoon beer (try La Ópera for gilded old-world opulence or Salón Tenampa for some of the city's best tequila). Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 San Miguel Chapultepec Restaurants The menu at Masala y Maíz explores the commonalities among the cuisines of Mexico, India, and East Africa, while El Mirador de Chapultepec is one of the city's classic cantinas. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 But pop-up parties have begun to appear on rooftops, in basements, and at run-down cantinas like the bizarre and beautiful La Faena, decorated with dusty shadow boxes of toreadors' costumes. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023

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Word History


American Spanish, from Spanish, canteen, from Italian, wine cellar — more at canteen

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cantina was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Cantina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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