ca·ban·a also ca·ba·ña (kə-bănə, -bănyə)
1. A light structure on a beach or at a swimming pool used for shelter from the sun or as a dressing room.
2. A cabin or hut.
[Spanish cabaña, from Late Latin capanna, hut.]
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