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

Definition of cantina

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

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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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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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25 Jun 2022

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“Cantina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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