Definition of cantonment in US English:



  • 1A military garrison or camp.

    • ‘The Corps of Engineers built wooden structured training facilities, then called cantonments, throughout the United States.’
    • ‘Yet, I am not permitted to enter certain restricted areas like the cantonment.’
    • ‘During his meteoric rise there (he made colonel within four months), he worked on building the Pentagon and led the biggest housing project in history, constructing camps and cantonments for our troops.’
    • ‘The Ghadar Party established its own press and published small pamphlets in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi which were distributed among students and the soldiers stationed in all cantonments in the NWFP, Punjab and the United Provinces.’
    • ‘All the cantonments outside Dhaka became restless and soldiers were contemplating to move towards Dhaka.’
    • ‘But as water became scarce in the dry season, Maoists from the nearby cantonment started taking the water.’
    • ‘The corps is all set to expand the green cover at the cantonment.’
    • ‘Instead, U.S. forces generally remain penned up in formidable cantonments.’
    • ‘They remain in the interim parliament and their fighters are in the cantonments.’
    • ‘On May 7, 1827, he selected the present site of Fort Leavenworth as his cantonment.’
    • ‘A peace accord signed in 2006 said that Maoist former guerrillas, who are currently in United Nations supervised cantonments, would be integrated into the national army.’
    • ‘The entry of vehicles on the roads opposite cantonments has been restricted.’
    • ‘Having grown up in British cantonments as the son of an army officer, I knew how the British lived in India.’
    • ‘The most important element in security sector reform is securing the future of Maoist soldiers residing in cantonments.’
    • ‘The move back has already commenced and the troops have started moving towards cantonments.’
    • ‘At that big army cantonment there was begun the first big undertaking in the United States whereby the American army started to help feed itself.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Raising day of the 15 Corps of the Army was celebrated with traditional fervour at the Badami Bagh cantonment here.’
    • ‘On the grass table-land at its summit is ample camping-ground, which had been utilised as a military cantonment of no mean strength.’
    • ‘The second test of their commitment to making the transition was the comprehensive peace agreement and cantonment of combatants.’
    • ‘In the mid-1950s we stayed in a barrack of houses in the cantonment of Delhi.’
    • ‘It will also go a long way in erasing the notion that Defence personnel are those who wish to live isolated in cantonments.’
    • ‘Technical problems prevented the Parties to the Peace Agreement from completing the withdrawal and demobilisation or cantonment of heavy weapons and forces by the deadline.’
    • ‘Such shenanigans have convinced other political parties that putting arms into containers and guerrillas into cantonments isnt enough.’
    • ‘The cantonments with their spacious suburbs of bungalows, military buildings, tennis courts and churches built by the British to distance themselves from the noises and smells of the cities and towns are still there.’
    • ‘Like Delhi, almost all big Indian cities have inherited cantonments, the colonial military stations.’
    fortress, fort, fortification, stronghold, blockhouse, citadel, camp, encampment, command post, base, station
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    1. 1.1historical A permanent military station in British India.
      • ‘The British developed the cantonment towns of Meerut, Kanpur, Agra and Allahabad after 1857.’
      • ‘The Quartermaster Corps, founded June 1775, was responsible for the construction of training cantonments and more permanent structured camps.’
      • ‘Lord Carrington, the British foreign secretary, hoping thereby to preserve a white cantonment, floated the idea of partitioning South Africa just before Nelson Mandela was released from prison.’
      • ‘Having grown up in British cantonments as the son of an army officer, I knew how the British lived in India.’
      • ‘The Sepoys in India in 1857 who rebelled against their British officers often invaded the British cantonments and attacked their women.’


Mid 18th century: from French cantonnement, from cantonner ‘to quarter’ (see canton).