can·​ti·​na | \ kan-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce cantina (audio) \

Definition of cantina

1 Southwest : a pouch or bag at the pommel of a saddle
2 Southwest : a small barroom : saloon

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Synonyms for cantina


bar, barroom, café (also cafe), dramshop, gin mill, grogshop [chiefly British], pub, public house [chiefly British], saloon, taproom, tavern, watering hole, watering place

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Examples of cantina in a Sentence

we spent an interesting evening in that desert town's lone cantina

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Drinking in Mexico City covers the full spectrum: there’s a lot of high-brow dens focused on mixology alongside working-class drinking holes known as cantinas, with a few newcomers in the mid-range realm. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 The cantina also functions, strangely enough, as a matador museum. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 Although official tournaments are dry, most tejo courts are located in private clubs that double as cantinas. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 Guisados; and in Tijuana, there's Tacos Puebla, parked right in front of Dandy Del Sur cantina. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 The Mexican/Hawaiian mashup dishes may be exclusive to the cantina. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Hugo Ortega’s Mi Almita Cantina opens in Hawaii," 25 June 2018 From a sports cantina in Fort Worth, fans of the Mexican national soccer team endure lows and then highs from the World Cup as El Tri is nearly eliminated but makes it to the round of 16. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "World Cup 2018: Quarterfinals TV schedule, match start times and live streaming options," 3 July 2018 Can’t make it to any of the cantina-style spots around the country? Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Frosé at Taco Bell? Restaurant tries to lure millennials with frozen rosé wine," 6 June 2018 The cantina is out and modern American is in at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Calico Jacks closes at Westgate in Glendale; The Lola restaurant to take over," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of cantina

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cantina

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

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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