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mess kit

a portable set of usually metal cooking and eating utensils, used especially by soldiers and campers.
Also called mess gear.
Origin of mess kit
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This must include shelter, mess kit, bed and a weeks supply of provisions.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • If you take that out it makes a good wash basin or a mess kit.

    "That's me all over, Mable"

    Edward Streeter
  • Then the blankets, the food, and the mess kit were carried down and stowed in the boat, and by that time it was noon.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • When this plan had been discussed and agreed on, it remained only to get together a mess kit, hire a cook, and take the steamer.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • It took the men but a short time to bring down all their baggage, provisions, and mess kit to the canoe and stow the load.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • Angus swears the second one rocked the dug out so his mess kit slid right offen the table.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • Theres always some smart alex that washes up his mess kit an pretends hes just come up from the picket line.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • This was to be the kitchen chest or mess kit, holding the cooking utensils and dishes.

    The Ice Queen

    Ernest Ingersoll
  • Slim unfastened the slender duffel roll he carried behind the saddle and brought out the mess kit.

  • His letter to his mother still unwritten, Ignace decided to begin it directly he had cleansed and put away his mess kit.

British Dictionary definitions for mess kit

mess kit

noun (military)
(Brit) formal evening wear for officers
Also called mess gear. eating utensils used esp in the field
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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