Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A bar that serves liquor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A drinking establishment, often specifically of the type found in Latin America.
  • n. this sense?) Abbreviated form of cantina truck, cantina wagon or cantina trailer

Etymologies

Spanish, canteen, from Italian, wine cellar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish cantina. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _sotto una cantina_, and this cantina is known to have been in the

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  • Also something to bear in mind – The Mos Eisley cantina is anything but a small, cramped place.

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  • In another, told in a flashback, Ifan's Gavin Canavagh rediscovers his love of rock 'n' roll in a Latin American cantina when a local man plays the Stones '"Get Off of My Cloud" on a jukebox.

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  • Over the weekend, Luz, a pan-Latin American cantina on Vanderbilt Avenue near Myrtle Avenue was the site of another attempted burglary.

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  • Not "A New Hope," but "Star Wars," the title it carried in 1977 when Han shot first and the stiff rubber/plastic aliens in the cantina were the coolest thing anyone had ever seen.

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  • In his travel which took him to a mountain village where Pancho Villa was reported to be staying Cousin Leo in search of someone who could speak English wandered into a drinking establishment which in Mexico is called a cantina or at least was when Cousin Leo chanced into one.

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  • The Duel Ring Another area of the cantina is the most fun one, the dueling ring.

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  • Stephen's theme is the universal yearning for escape from everyday cares, and his cantina is the place of refuge.

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  • Mexican immigrants have imported the custom of the "cantina," something more than a saloon, and the "cantineras," the women who frequent them.

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  • He didn’t expect much as he showed his cell-phone screen to a guy who could loosely be called a bartender in a dive that could loosely be called a cantina.

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