Definition of cantonment in English:


Pronunciation /kanˈtōnmənt//kanˈtänmənt/


  • 1A military garrison or camp.

    • ‘The corps is all set to expand the green cover at the cantonment.’
    • ‘Instead, U.S. forces generally remain penned up in formidable cantonments.’
    • ‘The entry of vehicles on the roads opposite cantonments has been restricted.’
    • ‘The second test of their commitment to making the transition was the comprehensive peace agreement and cantonment of combatants.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Raising day of the 15 Corps of the Army was celebrated with traditional fervour at the Badami Bagh cantonment here.’
    • ‘They remain in the interim parliament and their fighters are in the 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.’
    • ‘The most important element in security sector reform is securing the future of Maoist soldiers residing in cantonments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the mid-1950s we stayed in a barrack of houses in the cantonment of Delhi.’
    • ‘Yet, I am not permitted to enter certain restricted areas like the cantonment.’
    • ‘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 Corps of Engineers built wooden structured training facilities, then called cantonments, throughout the United States.’
    • ‘The move back has already commenced and the troops have started moving towards 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will also go a long way in erasing the notion that Defence personnel are those who wish to live isolated in cantonments.’
    • ‘On May 7, 1827, he selected the present site of Fort Leavenworth as his cantonment.’
    fortress, fort, fortification, stronghold, blockhouse, citadel, camp, encampment, cantonment, command post, base, station
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    1. 1.1historical A permanent military station in British India.
      • ‘The Quartermaster Corps, founded June 1775, was responsible for the construction of training cantonments and more permanent structured camps.’
      • ‘The British developed the cantonment towns of Meerut, Kanpur, Agra and Allahabad after 1857.’
      • ‘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).