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