- 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
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Examples from the Web for mess hall
“I am sorry this happened,” observed Jack, as he and Pepper ran for the mess-hall.
It was not until the boys entered the mess-hall that they saw Dan Baxter again.
The other professors had a mess in a room adjoining the mess-hall.The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete
William T. Sherman
We made use of the mess-hall, which was decorated in fine style.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2)</p>
She went to the mess-hall and moved about, selecting her dishes.The Cup of Fury
- a military dining room, usually large
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