can·​ti·​na | \kan-ˈtē-nə \

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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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 The 600,000-square-foot building once was home to the International Shoe Company and has been transformed by visionaries and artisans into an urban playground complete with a cantina, barbecue joint, cafe, bar and sandwich shop for quick refueling. Kate Silver,, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 Also this week: word of tasty Vietnamese cooking in Queen Village, a solid Mexican cantina in Montco, and an easy-on-the-wallet lunch spot with locations in Center City and Malvern. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: Life, Libertine and the pursuit of happiness," 20 June 2018 Set amid the rocky towers of ancient petrified trees, the village will feature two rides, a cantina and gift shops. Scott Craven, azcentral, "New this summer at Disneyland, Universal Studios and other SoCal theme parks," 7 June 2018 By adapting mass-production methods to blender drinks, Martinez elevated the frozen margarita from a border-cantina curiosity to America’s most popular cocktail. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita," 27 June 2018 One of my favorite Bostonian experiences is chowing down at Lolita, a dark, rustic-feeling Mexican cantina with two locations (both are excellent). Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Drink in Boston," 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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