[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

1750–60; < French cantonnement, equivalent to cantonne(r) to quarter troops (see canton) + -ment -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun military (esp formerly)

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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