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mess kit

a portable set of usually metal cooking and eating utensils, used especially by soldiers and campers.
Also called mess gear.
Origin of mess kit
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • We propose to go there and see if we can replenish our mess-kit, and perhaps send letters to friends.

  • The warm smell of a stew rose to his nostrils from the mess-kit.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • The remainder of the day was devoted to laying out their provisions and their mess-kit.

    Jack Among the Indians George Bird Grinnell
  • I'd grab one myself, but the general would see it—he can see right through the lid of a mess-kit.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for mess-kit

mess kit

noun (military)
(Brit) formal evening wear for officers
Also called mess gear. eating utensils used esp in the field
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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