canteen

[ kan-teen ]
/ kænˈtin /

noun

Origin of canteen

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

/ (kænˈtiːn) /

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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