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mess hall

a place in which a group eats regularly, especially a dining hall in a military camp, post, etc.
Origin of mess hall
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Alan moved along the wide corridor of the great ship toward the mess hall in Section C, thinking about his brother.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Are you one of the fellows who was in the mess hall yesterday?

    The Putnam Hall Rebellion Arthur M. Winfield
  • Returned to barracks from the mess hall he consulted a medium-sized, fat, black dictionary.

  • At seven-thirty he is marched to the mess hall, where he eats his breakfast.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Even the barrack privies, an outdoor bake oven alongside a mess hall, and earth-covered powder magazines can be easily identified.

  • "You'd never dare approach the mess hall," MacFarland warned.

    The Unprotected Species Melvin Sturgis
  • Perhaps a table out of doors is used as a counter, or one in the mess hall if it does not interfere with housework.

    Campward Ho! Unknown
  • The cadets march to mess hall; they march to every place they go as a company.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • Another tent was the mess hall and we ate sitting on the ground under the apple trees.

  • Did anyone see you at the mess hall when you went to get a bite?

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for mess hall

mess hall

a military dining room, usually large
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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