mess hall


Definition of mess hall

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

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Another shows a Marine washing his cup and fork and spoon in a trash can filled with hot, soapy water outside the mess hall at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Edenton, North Carolina, after the Korean War. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A Marine’s sketches of military life to be preserved by Camp Pendleton museum," 21 June 2019 This is her fourth summer, the feisty, brown-eyed girl now a fixture, leading songs in the mess hall after dinner, roaming the familiar trails with sass and confidence. Jenna Russell,, "‘Here I can be free’: Childhood burn survivors find a haven in Conn. summer camp," 10 Aug. 2019 The mess hall was updated and now is a stylish dining room with a communal table, multiple seating areas and a fireplace. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "Nature and culture meet on a weekend trip to San Francisco," 25 July 2019 The heartbreaking incident occurred around 11:30 a.m., as Meyer, a 10-year-old girl from Boonville and two women in their 50s, were walking down a steep, muddy, gravel path, headed for the mess hall. Hilary Shenfeld,, "Girl Scout, 11, Tragically Killed by Falling Tree in 'Freak' Accident at Indiana Campground," 25 June 2019 The equipment is kept in air-portable shipping containers which contain everything from portable mess halls to spare aircraft parts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Having Trouble With Its 'Base in a Box'," 2 Jan. 2019 Adding a new mess hall, medical unit, or crew quarters is as simple as pulling out one module and inserting another. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nightflyers has the bloody body count we expect from George R.R. Martin," 29 Nov. 2018 Troops decorated the mess halls with flags and evergreen boughs. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Given the circumstances, the Army Corps of Engineers might have thrown up rows of army barracks and stark mess halls and been done with it. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of mess hall

1821, in the meaning defined above

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