- a small container used especially by soldiers and hikers for carrying water or other liquids.
- a general store and cafeteria at a military base.
- a place where free entertainment is provided for military personnel.
- a place, as in a factory, school, or summer camp, where refreshments and sometimes personal supplies are sold.
- a recreation center or social club, especially for teenagers.
- a place set up to dispense food during an emergency.
- a snack bar.
- British. a box or chest for cutlery and other table utensils.
- a restaurant attached to a factory, school, etc, providing meals for large numbers of people
- a small shop that provides a limited range of items, such as toilet requisites, to a military unit
- a recreation centre for military personnel
- a soldier’s eating and drinking utensils
- a temporary or mobile stand at which food is provided
- a box in which a set of cutlery is laid out
- the cutlery itself
- a flask or canister for carrying water or other liquids, as used by soldiers or travellers
c.1710, “store in a military camp,” from French cantine “sutler’s shop” (17c.), from Italian cantina “wine cellar, vault,” which is perhaps another of the many meanings that were attached to Latin canto “corner;” in this case, perhaps “corner for storage.” A Gaulish origin also has been proposed. Extended to “refreshment room at a military base, school, etc.” from 1870. Meaning “small tin for water or liquor, carried by soldiers on the march, campers, etc.” is from 1744, from a sense in French.