Definition of canteen in English:

canteen

Syllabification: can·teen
Pronunciation: /kanˈtēn
 
/

noun

1A restaurant provided by an organization such as a military camp, college, factory, or company for its soldiers, students, staff, etc.
More example sentences
  • 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.
More example sentences
  • 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'.

Definition of canteen in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day anastrophe
Pronunciation: əˈnastrəfē
noun
the inversion of the usual order of words...