noun Etymology: French cantine bottle case, sutler's shop, from Italian cantina wine cellar, probably from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron tire — more at cant Date: 1737 1. a. a portable chest with compartments for carrying bottles or for cooking and eating utensils b. a flask for carrying liquids (as on a hike) c. mess kit d. British a chest for storing flatware 2. a. a bar at a military post or camp b. a general store at a military post ; exchange c. an establishment that serves as an informal social club (as for soldiers or a community's teenagers) d. a small cafeteria or snack bar

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