Meaning of “canteen” in the English Dictionary

"canteen" in British English

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canteennoun [ C ]

uk /kænˈtiːn/ us /kænˈtiːn/

canteen noun [ C ] (RESTAURANT)

B1 a place in a factory, office, etc. where food and meals are sold, often at a lower than usual price

Examples

  • There's a staff canteen for everyone and there's a smarter restaurant for the management.
  • What's the canteen dishing up for us today?
  • The helpings you get in the office canteen are tiny!
  • Have you tried that awful stuff they call curry in the canteen?
  • I often see the boss eating his lunch by himself in the canteen.

(Definition of “canteen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"canteen" in American English

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canteennoun [ C ]

us /kænˈtin/

canteen noun [ C ] (RESTAURANT)

a small store or restaurant esp. in a factory or school where food and meals are sold

canteen noun [ C ] (CONTAINER)

a small container for carrying something to drink, esp. water

(Definition of “canteen” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"canteen" in Business English

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canteennoun [ C ]

uk /kænˈtiːn/ us

WORKPLACE a place in a factory, office, etc., where employees can buy food and meals at a low price:

Benefits include free car parking and a subsidized staff canteen.

(Definition of “canteen” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)