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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of temporary billets for troops.
  • n. Assignment of troops to temporary quarters.
  • n. A permanent military installation in India.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Temporary military living quarters.
  • n. A town or village, or part of a town or village, assigned to a body of troops for quarters.
  • n. A permanent military station.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A town or village, or part of a town or village, assigned to a body of troops for quarters; temporary shelter or place of rest for an army; quarters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part or division of a town or village assigned to a particular regiment of troops; especially, in India, a permanent military station forming the nucleus of the European quarter of a city.
  • n. plural The dwelling-places occupied by an army during any suspension of active operations in the field; the temporary shelter, other than that of tents, which an army may occasionally take, as when, during a season of excessive heat, the troops are distributed in villages, houses, etc., but so as not to be widely scattered; military quarters; specifically, the winter quarters of an army.
  • n. The placing of troops in temporary quarters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers

Etymologies

From canton, to quarter soldiers.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cantonnement. (Wiktionary)

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