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definition of the word mess

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Middle English mes, Old French mets, Late Latin missum, < mittere (to put, place) (e.g. on the table), Latin mittere (to send). See mission, and compare Mass (religious service).

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Mess (military)

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Singular
mess

Plural
messes

mess (plural messes)

  1. (obsolete) Mass; church service.
  2. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
    A mess of pottage.
  3. A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
    The wardroom mess.
  4. A set of four; — from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
  5. (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.

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