canteen

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noun can·teen \kan-ˈtēn\

Definition of canteen

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

canteen

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noun can·teen \kan-ˈtēn\

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

canteen

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noun can·teen \kan-ˈtēn\

Definition of canteen for Students

  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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