Definition of canteen
1a : a portable chest with compartments for carrying bottles or for cooking and eating utensilsb : a flask for carrying liquids (as on a hike)c : mess kitd British : a chest for storing flatware
2a : a bar at a military post or campb : a general store at a military post : exchangec : an establishment that serves as an informal social club (as for soldiers or a community's teenagers)d : a small cafeteria or snack bar
Recent Examples of canteen from the Web
KEEP ORIGINAL PROPER PACKAGING FOR COMMISSARY AND CANTEEN Commissary and canteen:
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Origin and Etymology of canteen
French cantine bottle case, sutler's shop, from Italian cantina wine cellar, probably from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron tire — more at cant
First Known Use: 1737
CANTEEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of canteen for English Language Learners
: 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.
CANTEEN Defined for Kids
Definition of canteen for Students
1 : a store (as in a camp or factory) in which food, drinks, and small supplies are sold
2 : a place of recreation and entertainment for people in military service
3 : a small container for carrying water or another liquid a hiker's canteen
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