from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A child born in a Russian military cantonment.
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Having arrived at their destination, the juvenile conscripts were put into the cantonist battalions.
Our father, Tchimasha-Himalaysky, was a cantonist, but he died with an officer's rank and left us his title of nobility and a small estate.
The cantonist, having been away from town for so long and not having had the benefit of a Torah education, was so markedly different from even the gentile man.
The cantonist, with whom the rabbi was walking, erupted in furious anger, screaming and threatening violence against the hapless boat owner.