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cantonment

[kan-ton-muh nt, -tohn-; especially British kan-toon-muh nt] /kænˈtɒn mənt, -ˈtoʊn-; especially British kænˈtun mənt/
noun
1.
a camp, usually of large size, where men are trained for military service.
2.
military quarters.
3.
the winter quarters of an army.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < French cantonnement, equivalent to cantonne(r) to quarter troops (see canton) + -ment -ment
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cantonment

/kənˈtuːnmənt/
noun (military, esp formerly)
1.
a large training camp
2.
living accommodation, esp the winter quarters of a campaigning army
3.
(history) a permanent military camp in British India
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Word Origin and History for cantonment
n.

1756, "military quarters," from French cantonnement, from cantonner "to divide into cantons" (14c.), from canton (see canton). Meaning "action of quartering troops" is from 1757.

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