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[kan-ton-muh nt, -tohn-; especially British kan-toon-muh nt]
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  1. a camp, usually of large size, where men are trained for military service.
  2. military quarters.
  3. the winter quarters of an army.

Origin of cantonment

1750–60; < French cantonnement, equivalent to cantonne(r) to quarter troops (see canton) + -ment -ment
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Historical Examples

  • Agra's cantonment avenues and parks are kept in excellent order.

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    Thomas Carson

  • Early on the 15th General Baker, with 1200 infantry and eight guns, left the cantonment.

  • It is now divided into the municipal area and the cantonment.

  • And what could be better than his taking on himself to let you leave the cantonment?

  • He said, We can do nothing about the women outside the Cantonment, and there is the trouble.

British Dictionary definitions for cantonment


noun military (esp formerly)
  1. a large training camp
  2. living accommodation, esp the winter quarters of a campaigning army
  3. history a permanent military camp in British India
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Word Origin and History for cantonment


1756, "military quarters," from French cantonnement, from cantonner "to divide into cantons" (14c.), from canton (see canton). Meaning "action of quartering troops" is from 1757.

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