What is mess?


A mess (also called a messdeck aboard ships) is the place where military personnel socialise, eat, and (in some cases) live. In some societies this military usage has extended to other disciplined services eateries such as civilian fire fighting and police forces. The root of mess is the Old French mes, "portion of food" (cf. modern French mets), drawn from the Latin verb mittere, meaning "to send" and "to put" (cf. modern French mettre), the original sense being "a course of a meal put on the table". This sense of mess, which appeared in English in the 13th century, was often used for cooked or liquid dishes in particular, as in the "mess of pottage" (porridge or soup) for which Esau in Genesis traded his birthright. By the 15th century, a group of people who ate together was also called a mess, and it is this sense that persists in the "mess halls" of the modern military.

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Screaming Mess
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Mess Call
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Mess Jacket (civil)
... The mess jacket is a type of formal jacket that ends at the waist ... Used in military mess dress, during the 1930s it became a popular alternative to the white dinner jacket in hot and tropical weather for black tie occasions ...
SLAF Colombo
... the formation of Royal Ceylon Air Forces was formed in 1951 at the former officers mess of the former Ceylon Rifle Regiment at Rifle green ... The officer's mess was moved in the 1970s when the Trans Asia Hotel was made in its location ... The mess is currently housed in the Cinnamon gardens area of Colombo ...

More definitions of "mess":

  • (verb): Make a mess of or create disorder in.
    Synonyms: mess up
  • (noun): A meal eaten by service personnel.
  • (verb): Eat in a mess hall.
  • (noun): A state of confusion and disorderliness.
    Example: "The house was a mess"
    Synonyms: messiness, muss, mussiness
  • (noun): Soft semiliquid food.
    Example: "A mess of porridge"
  • (noun): A (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax.
    Synonyms: mess hall

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    Elizabeth Wurtzel, U.S. author. Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America, p. 298, Houghton Mifflin (1994)