mess kit

noun

: a compact kit of nested cooking and eating utensils for use by soldiers and campers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My very first piece of camping gear was a $10 Girl Scouts mess kit purchased in the early 2000s that included a matching plastic plate, bowl, mug, and utensils, all stored in a net drawstring bag. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2020 After dinner, Terry went to a small brook to wash his mess kit. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 For those who decide to camp, Stahl recommends packing basic essentials, like a tent, a mess kit, a sleeping bag, old tennis shoes, a water bottle and bug spray. Justice Amick, Indianapolis Star, 19 July 2019 In reality, the Norwegian photographer found them deep in kitchen cabinets and campers’ mess kits. Daniel Stone, National Geographic, 17 June 2019 For those who decide to camp, Stahl recommends packing basic essentials, like a tent, a mess kit, a sleeping bag, old tennis shoes, a water bottle and bug spray. Justice Amick, Indianapolis Star, 19 July 2019 In reality, the Norwegian photographer found them deep in kitchen cabinets and campers’ mess kits. Daniel Stone, National Geographic, 17 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mess kit was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Mess kit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mess%20kit. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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