from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A snack bar or small cafeteria, as on a military installation.
- n. A recreational facility, bar, or small general store formerly established for the patronage of soldiers.
- n. A recreation hall or social club where refreshments are available.
- n. A temporary or mobile eating place, especially one set up in an emergency.
- n. A flask for carrying drinking water, as on a hike.
- n. A box with compartments for carrying cooking gear and eating utensils.
- n. A soldier's mess kit.
- n. Chiefly British A box used to store silverware.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a small cafeteria or snack bar, especially one in a military establishment, school, or place of work
- n. a temporary or mobile café used in an emergency or on a film location etc
- n. a box with compartments for storing eating utensils, silverware etc
- n. a military mess kit
- n. a water bottle used by a soldier or camper
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small vessel used by soldiers or hikers for carrying water, liquor, or other drink.
- n. A chest containing culinary and other vessels for military officers in a garrison.
- n. The sutler's shop in a garrison.
- n. 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.
- n. A temporary location where food is dispensed during an emergency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of sutler's shop in barracks, camps, garrisons, etc., where provisions, liquors, etc., are sold.
- n. A vessel used by soldiers for carrying water or liquor for drink.
- n. A square box, fitted up with compartments, in which British officers on foreign service pack a variety of articles, as spirit-bottles, tea and sugar, plates, knives, forks, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flask for carrying water; used by soldiers or travelers
- n. sells food and personal items to personnel at an institution or school or camp etc.
- n. a restaurant outside; often for soldiers or policemen
- n. a recreation room in an institution
- n. restaurant in a factory; where workers can eat
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.
Collins filled his canteen from the water barrel and dug out a box of shells for the shotgun.
This is when we refill our canteen from the fountain of life.
And the Malay food in the canteen is surpringly good, including this dish which is a favourite.
He has nothing -- no water because his canteen is on the horse and Tony is gone.
Wherefore the estimable old ladies who abolished the canteen from the American army may justly boast of having materially augmented the nation's military power.
At present, prisoners, who earn an average wage of around £8 for a 30-hour week, spend their cash on toiletries, groceries and tobacco in what is known as the "canteen" - usually a hatch in a wall, not unlike a miniature version of platform kiosk.
I’m constantly on the go on my College campus and refill my canteen from the water fountains all the time.