Can*teen" (?), n. [F. cantine bottle case, canteen (cf. Sp. & It. cantina cellar, bottle case), either contr. fr. It. canovettina, dim. of canova cellar, or, more likely, fr. OF. cant. corner, It. & Sp. canto. See 1st Cant.] Mil.

1.

A vessel used by soldiers for carrying water, liquor, or other drink.

[Written also cantine..]

⇒ In the English service the canteen is made of wood and holds three pints; in the United States it is usually a tin flask.

2.

The sulter's shop in a garrison; also, a chest containing culinary and other vessels for officers.

 

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