mess hall


: a hall or building (as on an army post) in which mess is served

Examples of mess hall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Eisenhower, a vast, 1,000-foot, 100,000-ton Nimitz-class carrier, has a crew of roughly 5,000 and is like a city on the sea, with sprawling aircraft hangars, mess halls and sleeping areas. Courtney Kube, NBC News, 4 Feb. 2024 Curious West Point cadets threw out their guesses: mess hall silverware, a U.S. flag, a pair of boots, a diary, a class ring and maps. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023 In 1946, Cook bought an old mess hall from the Santa Ana Army Air Base, hauled it up El Toro Road, and the tavern was born. Richard Winton, Jeremy Childs, Hannah Fry, Julia Wick, Christian Martinez, Summer Lin and Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2023 There were generators and hot water pumps for showers and washing machines, a mess hall where pensioners and men in military garb sat watching television as volunteers made coffee and prepared snacks. Kamila Hrabchuk, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 Evacuees curled up in sleeping bags on the floor and on couches in the mess hall, fighting off the effects of seasickness as the boat gently swayed across the sea. Vivian Nereim, New York Times, 3 May 2023 And when a server escorts you into that narrow little mess hall?, 28 Apr. 2023 Housed in Point Loma’s Historic Liberty Station, Liberty Public Market was once the mess hall when the property served as the Naval Training Center. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 The Great Hall is the mess hall in the center of camp, with the ferry dock, sports fields, and high-ropes course to the south and the pool and arts pavilion to the north. Liam Colton, 13, froze in a scrum during a game of steal the chicken at Camp Harbor View on Long Island. Alexander Thompson,, 21 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mess hall was in 1821

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“Mess hall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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mess hall

: a hall or building (as on an army post) in which mess is served
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