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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Despite the reservation system, Disneyland executives had to adopt a few crowd-control fixes after the opening to handle lines that grew up to two hours long to enter the land's cantina and a shop where visitors can build a custom lightsaber. Dallas News, "Why this is the best time in years to visit Disneyland," 25 June 2019 The cantina wasn’t the only attraction that experienced crowding problems during the first weekend of the land’s opening. Hugo Martin,, "Disneyland adds another crowd-management fix at Star Wars land," 3 June 2019 While there’s no live band like in the Star Wars films, DJ R-3X, a character from a past iteration of Disney’s popular Star Tours attraction, has been recruited to entertain the crowd and plays music composed specially for the cantina. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Will Please Even The Most Hardcore Fans," 29 May 2019 In addition, the park added a 45-minute and two-drink limit to visitors at the cantina, although Disneyland representatives said those limits were not strictly enforced. Hugo Martin,, "Disneyland declares Star Wars land opening a success, says crowding ‘nonexistent’," 5 June 2019 For instance, there is a two-drink maximum at the cantina, which features drinks such as the Jedi Mind Trick cocktail. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge cantina, lightsaber store now taking reservations," 7 Aug. 2019 The menu at Xica Cantina is mostly hers, with inspiration drawn from the street vendors and cantinas of Mexico City. Michael Russell,, "Northwest Portland’s Xica Cantina brings Dorilocos indoors," 5 July 2019 The cantina is Taco Bell’s boozy concept that also comes with new shareable menu items. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Pacifica’s oceanside Taco Bell redesigns, adds beer, becomes a Cantina," 10 July 2019 In 2008, the family expanded to add an adjacent cantina with a full bar, open in the evenings. Kara Baskin,, "When you’re in Cantina La Mexicana, Union Square is the same as it ever was," 25 June 2019

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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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