canteen

play
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

Recent Examples of canteen from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'canteen.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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


CANTEEN Defined for English Language Learners

canteen

play
noun

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

play
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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up canteen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to relieve or lessen

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!