Definitions

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

  • n. A building or room used for serving and eating meals, as on an army post.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. : A military dining room or building on an army or marine base.

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

  • n. a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax

Etymologies

From mess (military meal). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Theoretically, she had enough time to swing by the mess hall and grab a snack on her way to Astrosciences.

    Starfleet Academy: The Edge

  • And the unfortunate brutes who accidentally strayed into the warren's mess hall were so badly overcome by the stench that their fellows had to carry them back out immediately.

    Father Swarat

  • Those with dysentery were told to take a teaspoon of charcoal from the mess hall stoves after each meal, and to sleep on the right side so not to irritate the sigmoid colon.

    Blood Brothers

  • "Well, that puts you with the majority," said Super-Gnat, sitting at the far end of the mess hall table.

    Phule me twice

  • In the mess hall he queued with the other boys of Lycurgus and sat alone with his bowl of dark soup and chunk of black bread.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • He had gone into the mess hall when he had come off shift the night before, figuring to do a little reading over a synthale before going to bed.

    Miracle Workers

  • Normally I would have walked the few blocks from the hospital to the mess hall and back, just for the exercise; this morning I drove my1936 Model A coupe.

    Blood Brothers

  • Sonya Gomez looked up from her book at the entryway to the mess hall and laughed.

    Creative Couplings

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