Quick answer
"Cafeteria" is a noun which is often translated as "la cafetería", and "canteen" is a noun which is often translated as "la cantimplora". Learn more about the difference between "cafeteria" and "canteen" below.
cafeteria(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la cafetería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I usually have lunch at the office cafeteria.Suelo comer en la cafetería de la oficina.
b. el self-service
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We ate downtown at a cafeteria.Comimos en un self-service del centro.
c. la cantina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(in a hospital or college)
The university cafeteria has great food at very affordable prices.La cantina de la universidad tiene muy buena comida y a buen precio.
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canteen(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (container)
a. la cantimplora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They stopped to fill their canteens at the spring before continuing the hike.Pararon a llenar las cantimploras en el manantial antes de seguir con la caminata.
2. (eating establishment in a factory or school) (United Kingdom)
a. el comedor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The health department recommends choosing healthier food at the canteen.El ministerio de salud recomienda elegir alimentos más sanos en el comedor.
b. la cafetería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The company offers free coffee and fruit in the canteen.La empresa brinda café y frutas gratis en la cafetería.
c. la cantina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Shall we meet at the canteen for lunch?¿Nos vemos en la cantina para comer?
3. (tableware) (United Kingdom)
a. el estuche
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I bought an antique canteen of cutlery at an estate auction.Compré un estuche para cubiertos antiguo en una subasta de una finca.
b. el juego
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I gave Martin and Jenny a canteen of cutlery as a wedding present.Les regalé a Martín y Jenny un juego de cubiertos para su boda.
c. el cubertero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(box)
Where do you keep the canteen?¿Dónde guardas el cubertero?
4. (military)
a. el casino
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The soldiers have lunch in the canteen when they're on base.Los soldados almuerzan en el casino cuando están en la base.
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