- 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.
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Examples from the Web for 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.Canyons of the Colorado
J. W. Powell
I'd grab one myself, but the general would see it—he can see right through the lid of a mess-kit.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
- British formal evening wear for officers
- Also called: mess gear eating utensils used esp in the field