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mess kit

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

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called mess gear.
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Examples from the Web for mess kit

Historical Examples

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