What does canteen mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. canteen(noun)

    a flask for carrying water; used by soldiers or travelers

  2. canteen(noun)

    sells food and personal items to personnel at an institution or school or camp etc.

  3. canteen, mobile canteen(noun)

    a restaurant outside; often for soldiers or policemen

  4. canteen(noun)

    a recreation room in an institution

  5. canteen(noun)

    restaurant in a factory; where workers can eat


  1. Canteen(n.)

    Hence: 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.

  2. Canteen(n.)

    A temporary location where food is dispensed during an emergency.

  3. Origin: [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.]


  1. canteen(Noun)

    a small cafeteria or snack bar, especially one in a military establishment, school, or place of work

  2. canteen(Noun)

    a temporary or mobile café used in an emergency or on a film location etc

  3. canteen(Noun)

    a box with compartments for storing eating utensils, silverware etc

  4. canteen(Noun)

    a military mess kit

  5. canteen(Noun)

    A water bottle used by a soldier or camper.

  6. Origin: From cantine, from cantina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canteen(noun)

    a vessel used by soldiers for carrying water, liquor, or other drink

  2. Canteen(noun)

    the sutler's shop in a garrison; also, a chest containing culinary and other vessels for officers

  3. Origin: [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.]


  1. CanTeen

    CanTeen, The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with cancer, is the national support organisation for young people living with cancer; including cancer patients, their brothers and sisters and young people with parents or primary carers with cancer. CanTeen was created by young cancer patients back in 1985 and its policies are guided by young people living with cancer. Also present in New Zealand. On the last Friday of October, CanTeen hold National Bandanna Day. Bandannas, designed by Industrie, are sold to fundraise.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Canteen

    kan-tēn′, n. a tin vessel used by soldiers for holding liquors: a barrack-tavern, or refreshment-house for the use of the soldiers. [Fr. cantine—It. cantina, a cellar; further der. uncertain.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. canteen

    A small tin vessel for men on service to carry liquids. Also, a small chest containing utensils for an officer's messing. Also, a kind of sutling-house in garrisons.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. canteen

    A tin vessel used by soldiers to carry water on the march, or in the field. It is usually suspended by a strap from the shoulder. In the British service the canteen is made of wood. The name is also applied to the store authorized within the precincts of British barracks for the sale of liquors, small stores, etc. (See Post Trader.) A leather or wooden chest divided into compartments, and containing the table equipage of an officer when on active service, is also called a canteen.

Editors Contribution

  1. canteen

    A room for employees with the accurate and specific equipment, furniture, seating, flooring and appliances.

    The employee canteen was bright, airy and spacious with every piece of equipment and appliance they need.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

How to pronounce canteen?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canteen in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canteen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of canteen in a Sentence

  1. Hiroya Sugano:

    The blackened canteen is an inspiration for peace.

  2. Dmitry Medvedev:

    As for the government canteen, in no way does it differ from any other canteen, in Soviet times it had discount prices, special food products. But there is no such thing anymore; no oysters, nothing that would not be available in other places.

  3. Ndeye Faye:

    Since the project began, I know children have been getting iodized salt at home and in the canteen here, and mental capacity has improved.

  4. Akram Al Deek:

    One of the reasons for which you ultimately became a teacher, however, is the way by which you were taught. You came to realise that teaching is a political act at the heart of which lies political change. You became a teacher to rectify things. Because you had a great responsibility towards the future. As a teenager, you attended an average boys’ public school in a suburban area of a small city in the northeast of Jordan. It was a school where English was not obligatory until the sixth grade. A school where you were taught to stand up for your superiors as they walked into class, and where any eye-contact was frowned upon. A school where you were inspected for your haircut, nails, and shoes but not your concerns. A school where it mattered more where you are from than who you are. A school where the science teacher taught geography, sports, and Islamic religion, too. A school where you were grabbed by the ears and pulled up, hit repeatedly on the knuckles and slapped on the face for not remembering the capital of Cambodia. And for that you never forgot the capital of Cambodia. A school where philosophy was marginalised by religion. And where you had to wait in queues to urinate because toilets were busy with concealed homosexual activities. A school where during winter you had to wear layers and layers of wool and cotton because there was no central heating, double-glazed windows, or even curtains. A school where the drawing studio was used as a canteen by teachers during lunch-time only. A school where there was no awareness of the disconnection between the teaching curriculum and societal needs. A school where the story always goes with Mr Ali in the office, while Mrs Ali is always in the kitchen. A school where most teachers finished classes 15 to 20 minutes earlier so that they could exploit parents and students in highly expensive private classes outside the school. A school where all music classes were spent teaching you how to play the national anthem. A school where it was always easier to deny and reject than debate and accept. A school where the quiet boy was always neglected. A school where you were always asked what to do, but never did anyone ever do what you asked: to listen. A school where your colleagues were scolded for being overtaken in class by a Palestinian student.

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