mess hall

noun

Definition of mess hall 

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

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In 1902, the White House dining room was remodeled and expanded to make for an even grander geopolitical mess hall. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘Brilliant beyond all precedent’: The first White House state dinner for the king of Hawaii," 24 Apr. 2018 Rohwer had hundreds of barracks divided into blocks, each of which had a mess hall, a laundry facility, a latrine, and housing for families. Washington Post, "Possible migrant site minutes from former internment camp," 24 June 2018 Trump’s critics have never let him off the hook over military deferments that kept him from dining in a mess hall in Vietnam. David K. Li, Fox News, "Trump 'very sad' over Anthony Bourdain's death," 9 June 2018 The World Economic Forum, the nonprofit business leadership foundation, occupies one of these buildings, its former mess hall now a spick-and-span meeting space. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018 Even the rations served in military mess halls have dramatically diminished in size and quality. Washington Post, "Empty stomachs drive Venezuela soldiers to desert in droves," 18 May 2018 From the grand dining room (formerly the mess hall) complete with a cozy fireplace and board games, to the porch’s rocking chairs and garden courtyard, the Lodge aims to provide old San Francisco hospitality to modern travelers. Sunset, "A Brand-New Stay in the West’s Coolest Urban National Park," 22 Jan. 2018 The city of Fort Thomas turned the mess hall into a community center. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Obituary: Betty Daniels credited with creating Campbell County Public Library," 3 Jan. 2018 The camp has cabins and tents, a mess hall, a nature trail and a wheelchair-accessible, Olympic-size swimming pool. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Greater Kansas City Day celebrates Royals and helps disabled kids go to summer camp | The Kansas City Star," 28 Mar. 2018

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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