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:For other uses, see Cantonment . See also Canton and Cantonist.

A cantonment (, , or ) is a temporary or semi-permanent military or police quarters.Oxford English Dictionary cantonment The word cantonment is derived from the French word canton meaning corner or district (from which the name of the Cantons of Switzerland is also derived) .Oxford English Dictionary cantonment and canton, v. In South Asia, the term cantonment also describes permanent military stations. Cantonments can be found in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Singapore, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Nepal. In United States military parlance a cantonment is an essentially permanent residential (i.e. barracks) section of a fort or other military installation such as Fort Hood.

The term is often abbreviated to "cantt."


During a campaign, cantonments are places of encampment formed by troops for a more permanent stay, or while in winter quarters. For example at the start of the Waterloo campaign in 1815, while the Duke of Wellington's headquarters were in Brussels, most of his Anglo-allied army of 93,000 were cantoned to the south of Brussels.Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition Waterloo CampaignAlso the home of the Mackey Clan

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