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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n canteen a flask for carrying water; used by soldiers or travelers
    • n canteen restaurant in a factory; where workers can eat
    • n canteen a recreation room in an institution
    • n canteen a restaurant outside; often for soldiers or policemen
    • n canteen sells food and personal items to personnel at an institution or school or camp etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canteen A chest containing culinary and other vessels for military officers in a garrison.
    • Canteen A small vessel used by soldiers or hikers for carrying water, liquor, or other drink.
    • Canteen A store or small shop within a larger establishment where refreshments and sometimes other supplies are sold. At a military base the canteen may be as large as a general store; within a school or small company it may be only a small counter with very limited supplies, or a snack bar.
    • Canteen A temporary location where food is dispensed during an emergency.
    • Canteen The sutler's shop in a garrison.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n canteen A sort of sutler's shop in barracks, camps, garrisons, etc., where provisions, liquors, etc., are sold.
    • n canteen A vessel used by soldiers for carrying water or liquor for drink. In the British army the canteen is a small vessel capable of containing 3 pints, which is carried by each soldier on the march, on foreign service, or in the field. In the United States army the regulation canteen is of tin, covered with a woolen fabric, is circular in shape, with sharp periphery and bulging sides like a double-convex lens, fitted with a cylindrical spout stopped by a cork, and holds about 3 pints; it is slung over the shoulder. A much larger kind, of the same materials, but with fiat sides, and holding a gallon or more, is sometimes used, but not commonly carried on the person.
    • n canteen A square box, fitted up with compartments, in which British officers on foreign service pack a variety of articles, as spirit-bottles, tea and sugar, plates, knives, forks, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Canteen kan-tēn′ a tin vessel used by soldiers for holding liquors: a barrack-tavern, or refreshment-house for the use of the soldiers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cantine, bottle case, canteen (cf. Sp. & It. cantina, cellar, bottle case), either contr. fr. It. canovettina, dim. of canova, cellar, or, more likely, fr. OF. cant,. corner, It. & Sp. canto,. See 1st Cant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cantine—It. cantina, a cellar; further der. uncertain.


In literature:

He has a tin canteen hanging over the horn of his saddle, which he lifts off.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I have also a large gourd canteen and haversack for my rations.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The bayonet scabbard lay at one side, the canteen at the other.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
A steep path led to it, and one by one the men filed down to fill their canteens.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
Carrying three canteens, he ran the tip of his tongue over his lips unhappily.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
I went back to the river, stripped three or four dead of their canteens, and filled them, and returned.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
The long hut which served as a canteen looked wonderfully gay.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Bread is no longer purchaseable at the canteen.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
His first care was to wet his handkerchief from his canteen, and wash the blood from his face, so that he could see better.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
So far as can be found out at present writing, this canteen is the only one operated by the Red Cross in France.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces

In poetry:

Back to the " Second Division "
I went by the shortest cut,
But it seemed as tho' all was lost
For I found the canteen shut !
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
As the temple bells are ringing
Comes a soldier from his hut
Will he be in time for service?
No, too late, the canteen's shut.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
"You know it was sixteen-nineteen,
When my first African brother,
Sailed over here in a canteen,
And called America his mother.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I'm from Yorkshire meself- aye;
These 'ere Cockneys don't know
There's a Tower here at all.
First of all, Sir, we come to the canteen
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
Nay, nay, I was charged with a crime worse than that,
Far more dastardly wicked and mean.
I were charged with malicously putting cold water
In beer in the Sergeant's canteen.
"Sam Drummed Out" by Weston and Lee
Then was that time we were lost, canteen and carcase dry,
As on we staggered with the thought: "Here's where our story ends."
Ten desert days delirious, when black against the sky,
We saw a line of camels, and the Arabs were our friends.
"Death's Way" by Robert W Service

In news:

World traveler settles in at San Clemente's Nomads Canteen.
Nomads Canteen server Kayla Colapinto, 18, of San Clemente carries lunch to a table.
Nomads Canteen offers a choice of more than 100 beers, with 32 on tap.
There's a buzz in the Slope about Y Canteen's skewers.
It was Milwaukee Canteen at the Pritzlaff Building in Milwaukee's Third Ward on Sept 15 for a USO-themed fundraiser benefiting the cancer centers at Wheaton Franciscan Hospitals.
The Hollywood Swing Canteen Wants to take you on a Romp Through the 1940s .
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A witness allegedly abused by a trainer at a South Texas military installation has testified some recruits had to fill their canteens with toilet water.
SAN ANTONIO — A witness allegedly abused by a trainer at a South Texas military installation has testified some recruits had to fill their canteens with toilet water.
Recruits allegedly had toilet water in canteens.
The automatic pop-up toaster was invented in 1921 by Charles Strite, a mechanic in Minnesota, who was fed up with eating the burned toast in his factory canteen.
Another must-have soldier accessory must now be added to Camelback canteens: disposable French press coffee lids.
Il Vicino Brewery Canteen is a paradox in street appeal.
Depending upon the Japanese dialect, shokudo could mean anything from "canteen" to "peaceful dining" to "path to food".
The Citadel 's new Canteen has some tasty deals (updated).
Thomas was found not guilty of Canteen's murder.

In science:

At the beginning of 1970 a group of CERN physicists involved in the first CERN-Serpukhov experiment, before leaving for a new run period at Serpukhov, had a coffee discussion in the CERN canteen.
Rising Total Hadron-Hadron Cross Sections