Meaning of “tent” in the English Dictionary


"tent" in English

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tentnoun [ C ]

uk /tent/ us /tent/

B1 a shelter made of canvas or a similar material and supported by poles and ropes, that you can fold up and carry with you


Examples from literature

  • A tent is a temporary shelter you use when you go camping. 
  • At night, they partied together in their big tent, which they had reserved at the campsite. 
  • But what do you do if you get lost and do not have a tent? 
  • He didn’t see any avalanches, but one night, there was a really bad storm and his tent blew away! 
  • He slept in a tent. 
  • He waited in an ice-cold tent 3,800 meters up a mountain for seven hours a day – for seven weeks! 
  • Most left with just the clothes they were wearing and had to live in tents or other temporary shelters. 
  • Put the branches against a tree or near a tree in the shape of a tent. 
  • Someone suggested going back to the tent to start packing up. 
  • The forty-niners lived in camps and slept in tents. 
  • Then they started to put up tents and bring other useful things from home. 
  • They all lived in tents, but only one tent had a bath in it! 
  • Tonight, groups of tourists sleep in tents and wait for the sun to rise. 

(Definition of “tent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tent" in American English

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tentnoun [ C ]

us /tent/

a movable shelter, usually made of a strong cloth supported by poles and held in position by ropes fixed to the ground:

We pitched our tents near the stream.

(Definition of “tent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)