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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 of canteen
1730-1740
1730-40; < French cantine < Italian cantina cellar, perhaps derivative of canto corner (see cant2) with -ina -ine1
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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
n.

c.1710, "store in a military camp," from French cantine "sutler's shop" (17c.), from Italian cantina "wine cellar, vault," which is perhaps another of the many meanings that were attached to Latin canto "corner;" in this case, perhaps "corner for storage." A Gaulish origin also has been proposed. Extended to "refreshment room at a military base, school, etc." from 1870. Meaning "small tin for water or liquor, carried by soldiers on the march, campers, etc." is from 1744, from a sense in French.

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