Definition of mess kit in English:

mess kit

noun

  • A set of cooking and eating utensils, as used especially by soldiers, scouts, or campers.

    • ‘At noon lunch was ‘corned willy and hard tacks’ from the mess kits that the men carried.’
    • ‘She grabbed Neal's mess kit out of his bag, took his collapsible cup out and poured a drink.’
    • ‘Two bowls, a tiny side plate, a pair of chopsticks and a cloth square were all wrapped in another square like an Oriental version of the mess kit she used in Girl Guides.’
    • ‘Of course, I have staples like sugar, pepper, and the like as well as a hand-crank can opener and a mess kit for eating from (purchased at the camping store).’
    • ‘Back when I was in the Boy Scouts - for over a decade, believe it or not - we used to go camping, and we'd eat out of mess kits.’
    • ‘On the back of the vest, nestled between two water bottle pockets, is a large pouch that would be perfect for a mess kit or other largish survival item.’
    • ‘Based on a Marine Corps system the M - 1945 combat field pack (carrying underwear toilet articles mess kit, poncho) joined to the M - 1945 field cargo pack (extra clothing) and belt with canteen and first-aid packet pouch.’
    • ‘For reasons unknown, we had to wear our Class A dress uniforms in the chow line, mess kits in hand.’
    • ‘Every thing about that evening - the tent, mess kits from which we ate and the uncomfortable seating - was symbolic of a company in crisis.’
    • ‘I packed a small one-burner backpacking stove, a bag of rice, two cans of kidney beans, and a mess kit for four people in my backpack.’
    • ‘Digging her mess kit out of her saddlebags, she set about retrieving some dinner from the pans littering the pit stones along the edge of the fire's reach.’

Pronunciation

mess kit

/ˈmes ˌkit/