- a place where food, usually soup, is served at little or no charge to the needy.
- Military Slang. (in World War I) a mobile kitchen.
Origin of soup kitchen
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for 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.
I have started my soup-kitchen at the station, and it gives me a lot to do.My War Experiences in Two Continents
That night they had a soup-kitchen going and fed 400 people.Out To Win
I, when I went to the soup-kitchen, had no reward in view, it was my kind nature that prompted me.
- a place or mobile stall where food and drink, esp soup, is served to destitute people
- military a mobile kitchen