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Definition of "canteen" []

  • A snack bar or small cafeteria, as on a military installation. (noun)
  • A recreational facility, bar, or small general store formerly established for the patronage of soldiers. (noun)
  • A recreation hall or social club where refreshments are available. (noun)
  • A temporary or mobile eating place, especially one set up in an emergency. (noun)
  • A flask for carrying drinking water, as on a hike. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "canteen" in a sentence
  • "Of course, you can only eat good desert if you go to the Science canteen or the NUH staff canteen…"
  • "Ordinarily the term canteen is another name for a drinking saloon, though a great variety of articles, such as soldiers need, are on sale and the profits go to the soldiers."
  • "When A goes to take a drink, he sees and canteen is gone and ends up dying of thirst."