canteen

[kan-teen]

noun


Nearby words

  1. cantaloupe,
  2. cantankerous,
  3. cantar,
  4. cantata,
  5. cantatrice,
  6. canteen culture,
  7. canteloube,
  8. canter,
  9. canterbury,
  10. canterbury bell

Origin of canteen

1730–40; < French cantine < Italian cantina cellar, perhaps derivative of canto corner (see cant2) with -ina -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for canteen

canteen

noun

a restaurant attached to a factory, school, etc, providing meals for large numbers of people
  1. a small shop that provides a limited range of items, such as toilet requisites, to a military unit
  2. a recreation centre for military personnel
a soldier's eating and drinking utensils
a temporary or mobile stand at which food is provided
  1. a box in which a set of cutlery is laid out
  2. the cutlery itself
a flask or canister for carrying water or other liquids, as used by soldiers or travellers

Word Origin for canteen

C18: from French cantine, from Italian cantina wine cellar, from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron hoop encircling chariot wheel; see cant ²

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Word Origin and History for canteen

canteen

n.

c.1710, "store in a military camp," from French cantine "sutler's shop" (17c.), from Italian cantina "wine cellar, vault," which is perhaps another of the many meanings that were attached to Latin canto "corner;" in this case, perhaps "corner for storage." A Gaulish origin also has been proposed. Extended to "refreshment room at a military base, school, etc." from 1870. Meaning "small tin for water or liquor, carried by soldiers on the march, campers, etc." is from 1744, from a sense in French.

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