soup kitchen

  1. a place where food, usually soup, is served at little or no charge to the needy.
  2. Military Slang. (in World War I) a mobile kitchen.

Origin of soup kitchen

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for soup kitchen

Historical Examples of soup kitchen

  • As that is not a soup-kitchen, they could not help her, and she tried other grocers and bread-shops.

    New Worlds For Old

    Herbert George Wells

  • I held out till morning and then I flew to the soup-kitchen.

    Stories and Pictures

    Isaac Loeb Peretz

  • I have started my soup-kitchen at the station, and it gives me a lot to do.

  • That night they had a soup-kitchen going and fed 400 people.

    Out To Win

    Coningsby Dawson

  • I, when I went to the soup-kitchen, had no reward in view, it was my kind nature that prompted me.

    Stories and Pictures

    Isaac Loeb Peretz

British Dictionary definitions for soup kitchen

soup kitchen

  1. a place or mobile stall where food and drink, esp soup, is served to destitute people
  2. military a mobile kitchen
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