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 (kăn-tōn′mənt, -tŏn′-, -to͞on′-)
a. A group of temporary or long-term billets for troops.
b. Assignment of troops to temporary or long-term quarters.
2. A permanent military installation in India.
a. A site where weapons collected from armed factions are stored under guard, as after a ceasefire.
b. The collection and storage of such weapons.

[From canton, to quarter soldiers.]


(esp formerly) n
1. (Military) a large training camp
2. (Military) living accommodation, esp the winter quarters of a campaigning army
3. (Historical Terms) history a permanent military camp in British India
4. (Military) history a permanent military camp in British India


(kænˈtɒn mənt, -ˈtoʊn-; esp. Brit. kənˈtun-)

1. a usu. large camp for training military personnel.
2. military quarters.
3. the winter quarters of an army.
[1750–60; < French cantonnement=cantonne(r) to quarter troops (see canton) + -ment -ment]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cantonment - temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldierscantonment - temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers; "wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling"
boot camp - camp for training military recruits
hutment - an encampment of huts (chiefly military)
laager, lager - a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons
military quarters - living quarters for personnel on a military post
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"


[kənˈtuːnmənt] Nacantonamiento m


nTruppenunterkunft f, → Kantonnement nt (old)
References in classic literature ?
All hands now set to work to prepare a winter cantonment.
Rarely could the inmates of the cantonment boast of having made a full meal, and never of having wherewithal for the morrow.
0ne night, a very long time ago, I drove to an Indian military cantonment called Mian Mir to see amateur theatricals.
Solon is an unpleasant little cantonment, but it has the advantage of being cool and healthy.
Her Ladyship, our old acquaintance, is as much at home at Madras as at Brussels in the cantonment as under the tents.
On the Umballa platform waited a detachment of officers discussing the latest news from the stricken cantonment, and it was here that Bobby learned the real condition of the Tail Twisters.
His persistent demands would have ended, at Dan's instigation, in a regimental belting which in all probability would have killed him and cut off the supply of beer, had not he been sent on special duty some fifty miles away from the Cantonment to cool his heels in a mud fort and dismount obsolete artillery.
Bradbury, in the course of his botanical researches, found a surprising number in a half torpid state, under flat stones upon the banks which overhung the cantonment, and narrowly escaped being struck by a rattlesnake, which darted at him from a cleft in the rock, but fortunately gave him warning by his rattle.
This is the story of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought single-handed, through the bath-rooms of the big bungalow in Segowlee cantonment.
For a native town it is an enormous place, quite five miles round, I should say, with outlying kraals projecting from it, that serve on grand occasions as cantonments for the regiments, and a curious horseshoe-shaped hill, with which we were destined to become better acquainted, about two miles to the north.
Now,' said he, when the lama had come to an anchor in the inner courtyard of a decent Hindu house behind the cantonments, 'I go away for a while - to - to buy us victual in the bazar.
We were in India then, in cantonments, at a place we'll call Bhurtee.