Definition of cantonment in English:

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Pronunciation: /kanˈtōnmənt/ /kanˈtänmənt/


1A military garrison or camp.
Example sentences
  • The entry of vehicles on the roads opposite cantonments has been restricted.
  • Meanwhile, the Raising day of the 15 Corps of the Army was celebrated with traditional fervour at the Badami Bagh cantonment here.
  • The most important element in security sector reform is securing the future of Maoist soldiers residing in cantonments.
1.1 historical A permanent military station in British India.
Example sentences
  • The Sepoys in India in 1857 who rebelled against their British officers often invaded the British cantonments and attacked their women.
  • Having grown up in British cantonments as the son of an army officer, I knew how the British lived in India.
  • Lord Carrington, the British foreign secretary, hoping thereby to preserve a white cantonment, floated the idea of partitioning South Africa just before Nelson Mandela was released from prison.


Mid 18th century: from French cantonnement, from cantonner 'to quarter' (see canton).

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