cantonment

noun
can·​ton·​ment | \ kan-ˈtōn-mənt How to pronounce cantonment (audio) , -ˈtän- also -ˈtün- How to pronounce cantonment (audio) \

Definition of cantonment

1 : usually temporary quarters for troops
2 : a permanent military station in India

Examples of cantonment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tibet, like Xinjiang province to its north, is a cantonment of the People’s Republic. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Help Hong Kong by Defending Taiwan," 24 Aug. 2019 But his no-nonsense, hands-on training regimen transformed the Continental Army into a skilled fighting force that humbled the British when the Americans emerged from their winter cantonment with the decisive triumph at Monmouth. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Valley Forge’ Review: In the Bleak Midwinter," 21 Dec. 2018 Machar's troops are expected to go to cantonment sites for training to be unified with the government army. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "South Sudan's president grants amnesty to Machar, all rebels," 9 Aug. 2018 Image The actions are similar to those used against Pakistan’s biggest cable news network, Geo TV, which cable providers in military cantonment areas started blocking in March. Douglas Schorzman, New York Times, "In Pre-Election Pakistan, a Military Crackdown Is the Real Issue," 6 June 2018 In the first week of March, Geo News was shut down in cantonment areas across the country and residential neighborhoods that are administered by the military. Salman Masood, New York Times, "Top Pakistani News Channel Is Forced Off Air, and Eyes Are on the Military," 6 Apr. 2018 Pakistan sheltered Osama bin Laden for years, right beside a military cantonment. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "To save Afghanistan, Trump needs new strategy toward terrorist-enabler Pakistan | Trudy Rubin," 12 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cantonment

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cantonment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantonment. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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