canteen

noun

can·​teen kan-ˈtēn How to pronounce canteen (audio)
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
d
British : a chest for storing flatware
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

Examples of canteen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even then the pitch was delivered in an ad hoc way in a crowded canteen. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024 The canteen became an emotional outlet for both volunteers and troops, says Endorf. Annika Hipple, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 Workers had access to a canteen, a convenience store that sold Chinese products, a Chinese restaurant, a small casino called the Golden Horse and a karaoke bar. Isabelle Qian, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2023 No detail has gone unnoticed here, from morning coffee canteens and breakfast delivered straight to your room to food-smoking workshops and a game meat dinner on the property’s sumptuous cloud terrace. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2023 The images show arrangements of the belongings Jews left behind—the artificial leg of one victim with a coat and hat, a woman’s boots beside a canteen, and a small family photograph. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 This wasn't news to Pandya, who had become obsessed with the rabbit after devouring it once, illegally, two decades ago at a rural canteen a few miles away. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Dec. 2023 Learning to see each other The complex’s ancient gray stone buildings today host several classrooms, prayer rooms, a canteen, and sports facilities. Stefania D'ignoti, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Nov. 2023 The list of virtues on the wall, the way the light poured into the canteen, the communal spaces laid out according to Montessori principles. Rory Smith, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French cantine bottle case, sutler's shop, from Italian cantina wine cellar, probably from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron tire — more at cant entry 4

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of canteen was in 1737

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Cite this Entry

“Canteen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canteen. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

canteen

noun
can·​teen kan-ˈtēn How to pronounce canteen (audio)
1
: a store (as in a camp) 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 liquids (as on a hike)

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