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canteen

[kan-teen] /kænˈtin/
noun
1.
a small container used especially by soldiers and hikers for carrying water or other liquids.
2.
a general store and cafeteria at a military base.
3.
a place where free entertainment is provided for military personnel.
4.
a place, as in a factory, school, or summer camp, where refreshments and sometimes personal supplies are sold.
5.
a recreation center or social club, especially for teenagers.
6.
a place set up to dispense food during an emergency.
7.
a snack bar.
8.
British. a box or chest for cutlery and other table utensils.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; < French cantine < Italian cantina cellar, perhaps derivative of canto corner (see cant2) with -ina -ine1
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Examples for canteen
  • Cans and bottled drinks are not permitted on the river, so transfer any beverages into a re-usable water bottle or canteen.
  • They cannot smoke or buy personal items or snacks from the prison canteen.
  • They are taught to walk along school corridors in hushed crocodiles, and to avoid shouting or yelling in the canteen.
  • Bring us a cold, sweaty canteen of talent when we're thirsty in the desert of taste.
  • Many days she eats lunch in the firm's colorful fourth-floor canteen.
  • Bring your beverages in plastic bottles or a canteen.
  • The ranch is known for its canteen offering snacks, drinks and pre-ordered meals.
  • They are often even obliged to pay more for meals at the company canteen.
  • In the canteen staff prepare for the lunchtime rush.
  • Many staffers, encountering him in the canteen or in early meetings, were surprised by his lack of bluster and vainglory.
British Dictionary definitions for canteen

canteen

/kænˈtiːn/
noun
1.
a restaurant attached to a factory, school, etc, providing meals for large numbers of people
2.
  1. a small shop that provides a limited range of items, such as toilet requisites, to a military unit
  2. a recreation centre for military personnel
3.
a soldier's eating and drinking utensils
4.
a temporary or mobile stand at which food is provided
5.
  1. a box in which a set of cutlery is laid out
  2. the cutlery itself
6.
a flask or canister for carrying water or other liquids, as used by soldiers or travellers
Word Origin
C18: from French cantine, from Italian cantina wine cellar, from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron hoop encircling chariot wheel; see cant²
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Word Origin and History for canteen
canteen
c.1710, from Fr. cantine "sutler's shop," from It. cantina "wine cellar, vault." Perhaps another of the many meanings, now obsolete, that were applied to L. canto "corner;" in this case, perhaps "corner for storage." Extended to "refreshment room at a factory, school, etc." from 1870. Meaning "small tin for water or liquor, carried by solders on the march, campers, etc." is from 1744.
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