From French cantine, from Italian cantina, from Vulgar Latin canthus (“corner”), from Gaulish *cantos, denoting the location for liquor storage, from Proto-Celtic *cantos (“corner”), from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂ndʰ.
canteen (plural canteens)
- A small cafeteria or snack bar, especially one in a military establishment, school, or place of work.
- A temporary or mobile café used in an emergency or on a film location etc.
- A box with compartments for storing eating utensils, silverware etc.
- A military mess kit.
- A water bottle used by a soldier or camper.
small cafeteria or snack bar
box with compartments
military mess kit
- canteen in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- canteen in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- canteen at OneLook Dictionary Search