mess kit



a portable set of usually metal cooking and eating utensils, used especially by soldiers and campers.

Origin of mess kit

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called mess gear. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mess kit

Historical Examples of mess kit

  • The warm smell of a stew rose to his nostrils from the mess-kit.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • The remainder of the day was devoted to laying out their provisions and their mess-kit.

    Jack Among the Indians

    George Bird Grinnell

  • We propose to go there and see if we can replenish our mess-kit, and perhaps send letters to friends.

  • I'd grab one myself, but the general would see it—he can see right through the lid of a mess-kit.


    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for mess kit

mess kit

noun military

British formal evening wear for officers
Also called: mess gear eating utensils used esp in the field
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