Canteen definition

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A temporary or mobile eating place, especially one set up in an emergency.
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The definition of a canteen is a place where food is provided in a military camp, college or other organization, or a small container for holding drinking liquids.

A cafeteria in college where all the kids go to eat is an example of a canteen.

A small water bottle that you take camping with you so you will have a drink on your hike is an example of a canteen.

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(chiefly british) A box used to store silverware.
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A recreational facility, bar, or small general store formerly established for the patronage of soldiers.
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A snack bar or small cafeteria, as on a military installation.
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A box with compartments for carrying cooking gear and eating utensils.
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A soldier's mess kit.
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A small metal or plastic flask, usually encased in canvas, for carrying drinking water.
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A military kit formerly used to carry cooking equipment.
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A place where refreshments can be obtained, as by employees or visitors.
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Such a place serving as a social center, as for teenagers.
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A small cafeteria or snack bar, especially one in a military establishment, school, or place of work.
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A temporary or mobile café used in an emergency or on a film location etc.
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A box with compartments for storing eating utensils, silverware etc.
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A military mess kit.
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A water bottle used by a soldier or camper.
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A recreation hall or social club where refreshments are available.
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A place outside a military camp where refreshments and entertainment are provided for members of the armed forces.
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A place where cooked food is dispensed to people in distress, as in a disaster area.
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A usually metal container for carrying drinking water, as on a hike.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of canteen - cantine

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
canteen
Plural:
canteens

Origin of canteen

  • French cantine from Italian cantina wine cellar

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

  • 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