[kan-ton-muh nt, -tohn-; especially British kan-toon-muh nt]
- a camp, usually of large size, where men are trained for military service.
- military quarters.
- the winter quarters of an army.
Origin of cantonment
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It is now divided into the municipal area and the cantonment.
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- a large training camp
- living accommodation, esp the winter quarters of a campaigning army
- history a permanent military camp in British India
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Word Origin and History for cantonment
1756, "military quarters," from French cantonnement, from cantonner "to divide into cantons" (14c.), from canton (see canton). Meaning "action of quartering troops" is from 1757.
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