mess kit


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



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Also called mess gear.

Origin of mess kit

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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

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

    Jack Among the Indians|George Bird Grinnell
  • 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 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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