meaning of canteen

canteen meaning in General Dictionary

a tiny vessel employed by soldiers or hikers to carry water alcohol or other drink

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  • 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.

canteen meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.

Sentence Examples with the word canteen

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.

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