canteen

canteen [kan tēn′]
n.
[Fr cantine < It cantina, wine cellar, vault < ? canto, corner: see CANT2]
1. POST EXCHANGE
2. a place outside a military camp where refreshments and entertainment are provided for members of the armed forces
3.
a) a place where refreshments can be obtained, as by employees or visitors
b) such a place serving as a social center, as for teenagers
4. a place where cooked food is dispensed to people in distress, as in a disaster area
5. a small metal or plastic flask, usually encased in canvas, for carrying drinking water
6. a military kit formerly used to carry cooking equipment

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