can·​teen | \ kan-ˈtēn How to pronounce canteen (audio) \

Definition of canteen

1a : 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
2a : 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 There's also a canteen with wine-tasting spots and a kitchen for cooking lessons. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 8 June 2022 Fears that layoffs could be around the corner drew hundreds of workers, many dressed in the PCK’s official fluorescent orange and forest green colors, to the company canteen this month for a town-hall-style meeting with Mr. Habeck. New York Times, 23 May 2022 The atmosphere was corporate canteen, but the fare was refined, especially a fruit salad with lime zest and, at dinner, a Roscoff-onion soup with buckwheat, sweetbreads, and a gratin of regional Ty Ewen cheese. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The Roman residency is being inaugurated with a cocktail party and dinner at fashion favorite canteen Pierluigi, followed by a weekend excursion to the seaside La Posta Vecchia hotel. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 5 May 2022 Three months earlier, in August, the canteen in the hospital had caught fire, damaging some furniture, forcing the evacuation of around 100 patients from the outpatient department. Tabassum Barnagarwala, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2022 Every bandoleer and gaiter and collar, every canteen and map case and cartridge. Jeff Macgregor, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 Available as a 16-ounce tumbler or canteen that keeps drinks hot for 12 hours or cold for 25 hours, these six cool colorways include designs inspired by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett and other classic characters. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 In 2019, a tailings dam at a Vale iron ore mine in Brazil burst and inundated a workers’ canteen and neighborhood homes, killing 270 people. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of canteen

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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 entry 4

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can·​teen | \ kan-ˈtēn How to pronounce canteen (audio) \

Kids Definition of canteen

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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