Definition of canteen in English:

canteen

Syllabification: can·teen
Pronunciation: /kanˈtēn
 
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noun

  • 1A restaurant provided by an organization such as a military camp, college, factory, or company for its soldiers, students, staff, etc..
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    • Anybody who has seen a fight sequence from a Hindi film which takes place in a college canteen or a restaurant will know the answer.
    • It is also about the activities of college students in the canteen, sports fields and between classes.
    • Scotland's school canteens must become bistro-style restaurants, complete with salad bars and a menu of baguettes and grilled fish, food experts are to tell ministers.
    Synonyms
  • 2A small water bottle, as used by soldiers or campers.
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    • You don't just tell your soldiers to fill their canteens with water; you check them before a patrol to make sure they did.
    • I also threw in two canteens of water and a flashlight (even though we weren't staying out after dark), the map from my office as well as my lensatic compass.
    • The utility belt attached below the vest includes two canteens of water and a nine-millimeter pistol.
    Synonyms
    container, flask, bottle

Origin

mid 18th century (originally denoting a type of shop in a barracks or garrison town): from French cantine, from Italian cantina 'cellar'.

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