Definition of Mess hall

1. Noun. A (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax.

Exact synonyms: Mess
Generic synonyms: Dining Room, Dining-room
Specialized synonyms: Officer's Mess
Terms within: Training Table
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Mess

Definition of Mess hall

1. Noun. (American English) : A military dining room or building on an army or marine base. ¹

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Literary usage of Mess hall

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Architect and Building News (1908)
"This apartment was originally intended as the mess hall, but owing to the great increase in the number of midshipmen, it was not large enough. ..."

2. Finding Themselves, the Letters of an American Army Chief Nurse in a British by Julia Catherine Stimson (1918)
"good tunes in the mess hall. One of the VAD's plays the piano very well, so we had a fine time trying out the instrument. To-day I have some bad blisters on ..."

3. Prison Methods in New York State, a Contribution to the Study of the Theory by Philip Klein (1920)
"In those prisons where no mess hall was provided at all the food was ... Perhaps one of the reasons for the slowness in adopting the mess-hall system is ..."

4. Green Light!: Men of the 81st Troop Carrier Squadron Tell Their Story by Martin Wolfe (1989)
"In the consolidated mess hall, cooks and KPs didn't know the men they served and consequently were sloppy and inconsiderate. During the last few months of ..."

5. The United States Navy in the World War: Official Pictures Selected from the by James Clayton Russell, William Emmet Moore (1921)
"... A scene at Newport Naval Training Station. Recruit camp at Charleston, SC Typical mess hall and galley. ..."

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