can·​ti·​na kan-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce cantina (audio)
Southwestern US : a pouch or bag at the pommel of a saddle
Southwestern US : a small barroom : saloon

Example Sentences

we spent an interesting evening in that desert town's lone cantina
Recent Examples on the Web The cantina is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for its holiday toy drive. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 The cantina is serving a three-course $68 menu featuring a 20-ounce bone-in rib eye steak. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2022 In addition to a half-dozen tacos — ranging from pulpo (octopus) to duck — the cantina showcases traditional Mexican dishes with upscale twists and gorgeous plating. Dallas News, 28 July 2022 The contemporary cantina is more democratic than ever (especially as prices escalate at local bars and restaurants), although as recently as 30 years ago women could still be denied entrance. Gary Shteyngart, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Dec. 2022 An impromptu dance party erupted on the cantina’s patio, with fans clad in Lionel Messi jerseys and draped in Argentina flags hugging one another and singing to celebrate the country’s first World Cup title since 1986. Scott Sepich For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2022 McLoughlin was there to support Lambert at the grand opening of her Nashville bar and cantina, Casa Rosa, in May 2021. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 Restaurant owner Nico Vergara said his cantina, which has been open for less than three months, welcomed fans for all World Cup games — many of which started at 7 a.m. — and served breakfast. Scott Sepich For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2022 The celebration will have live performances, music, food and drinks, a mercado with artisan makers, a cantina garden. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cantina was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Cantina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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