a tiny vessel employed by soldiers or hikers to carry water alcohol or other drink
- sells food and personal items to employees at an institution or college or camp etc.
- a restaurant external; often for troops or policemen
- an activity room in an establishment
- restaurant in a factory; where workers can eat
- a flask for carrying water; utilized by troops or tourists
- A vessel used by troops to carry water, alcohol, or other beverage.
- The sutler's store in a garrison; also, a chest containing culinary also vessels for officials.
c.1710, "store in a military camp," from French cantine "sutler's store" (17c.), from Italian cantina "wine cellar, vault," which is perhaps another of many meanings that were attached with Latin canto "place;" in this instance, perhaps "place for storage space." A Gaulish source has been suggested. Extended to "refreshment area at a military base, college, etc." from 1870. Meaning "little tin for liquid or liquor, held by troops on the march, campers, etc." is from 1744, from a sense in French.
He wasn't going to leave until she did as he told her, so she removed the lid and tipped the canteen to her lips.