noun \ˈka-nə-stər\

: a container with a lid that is used for keeping dry products

: a plastic or metal container that is used for keeping a roll of film

: a metal case that contains gas or chemical substances and that bursts when it is fired from a gun

Full Definition of CANISTER

:  an often cylindrical container for holding a usually specified object or substance <a film canister>
:  encased shot for close-range artillery fire
:  a perforated metal box for gas masks with material to adsorb, filter, or detoxify airborne poisons and irritants

Variants of CANISTER

can·is·ter also can·nis·ter \ˈka-nə-stər\

Examples of CANISTER

  1. <she put the store-bought cookies in a fancy canister to make them look homemade>

Origin of CANISTER

Latin canistrum basket, from Greek kanastron wicker basket, from kanna reed — more at cane
First Known Use: 1692

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