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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we spent an interesting evening in that desert town's lone cantina
Recent Examples on the Web Accordion, piano and dual trumpets soloed over a churning, airtight groove that could keep a cantina, or a Fais Do-Do Stage, crowd moving. Keith Spera,, "The long break between New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals will hopefully end this fall," 22 Jan. 2021 There will also be an outdoor cantina offering casual to-go American, Mexican and Italian dining. Fox News, "Kings Island theme park adding new resort and campground in Ohio," 9 Dec. 2020 Nevarro’s cantina is now a school being run by a female protocol droid who sounds just as officious as C-3PO. Lauren Morgan,, "The Mandalorian recap: Mando helps old friends on a new mission," 20 Nov. 2020 How many times had he been taunted at some cantina or outpost to take off his helmet? Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Star Wars': Get under Boba Fett's helmet in exclusive 'From a Certain Point of View' excerpt," 30 Oct. 2020 The cantina scene is famous for depicting a set of wild and scary-looking aliens and culminates in Han Solo shooting a bounty hunter. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "John Kennedy: Kavanaugh hearings looked like the 'cantina bar scene out of Star Wars'," 12 Oct. 2020 At the cantina bar, the main focus will be spirits. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Downtown Phoenix is getting a new cantina and agave bar. Here's what to know about Barcoa," 13 Aug. 2020 Storied for its nightlife, Guadalajara’s seductive club with pulsing music and Vegas-style lighting, Babel, and California’s Bar, where the cantina meets the dance floor, are two of the more popular LGBTQIA+ options in town. Dan Koday, Travel + Leisure, "10 Up-and-Coming Destinations Around the World For LGBTQIA+ Travelers," 5 Sep. 2020 And though the approximately 1,000-square-foot cantina may be small in size, Tyda still plans to fit a robust concept inside. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Downtown Phoenix is getting a new cantina and agave bar. Here's what to know about Barcoa," 13 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of cantina was in 1844

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1 Feb 2021

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“Cantina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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