Definition of canteen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kænˈtiːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kænˈtiːn//
    In school
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  1. 1(especially British English) a place where food and drink are served in a factory, a school, etc. See related entries: In school
  2. 2a small container used by soldiers, travellers, etc. for carrying water or other liquid
  3. 3canteen of cutlery (British English) a box containing a set of knives, forks and spoons
  4. Word Originmid 18th cent. (originally denoting a shop selling provisions or alcohol in a barracks or garrison town): from French cantine, from Italian cantina ‘cellar’. A French use of cantine denoting a small compartmented case for carrying bottles of wine may have given rise to sense (3).
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