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canteen

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noun can·teen \kan-ˈtēn\

Simple Definition of canteen

  • : a store in a camp, school, etc., in which food, drinks, and small supplies are sold

  • : a place where drinks and entertainment are provided for soldiers at a military base or camp

  • : a place where food is served in a factory, school, etc.

Full Definition of canteen

  1. 1 a :  a portable chest with compartments for carrying bottles or for cooking and eating utensils b :  a flask for carrying liquids (as on a hike) c :  mess kit d British :  a chest for storing flatware

  2. 2 a :  a bar at a military post or camp b :  a general store at a military post :  exchange c :  an establishment that serves as an informal social club (as for soldiers or a community's teenagers) d :  a small cafeteria or snack bar


CANTEEN Defined for Kids

canteen

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noun can·teen \kan-ˈtēn\

Definition of canteen

  1. 1 :  a store (as in a camp or factory) in which food, drinks, and small supplies are sold

  2. 2 :  a place of recreation and entertainment for people in military service

  3. 3 :  a small container for carrying water or another liquid <a hiker's canteen>




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