Canteen Definition

kăn-tēn
canteens
noun
canteens
A snack bar or small cafeteria, as on a military installation.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
A place outside a military camp where refreshments and entertainment are provided for members of the armed forces.
Webster's New World
A recreational facility, bar, or small general store formerly established for the patronage of soldiers.
American Heritage
A recreation hall or social club where refreshments are available.
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Synonyms:
mobile canteenthermosp.xk.tjugflaskcommissarycantinabottlebarbotaflacon (French)flasketsnack-barportable kitchen
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Other Word Forms of Canteen

Noun

Singular:
canteen
Plural:
canteens

Origin of Canteen

  • From French cantine, from Italian cantina, which is either from Gaulish or a derivation of Latin canto (“corner”), denoting the location for liquor storage.

    From Wiktionary

  • French cantine from Italian cantina wine cellar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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