big tent

  1. a political party's or coalition's policy or doctrine of allowing and encouraging a wide range of beliefs, opinions, and views among its members.

Origin of big tent

First recorded in 1960–65

Other words from big tent

  • big-tent, adjective

Words Nearby big tent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use big tent in a sentence

  • McAuliffe is a big-tent Democrat who stands four-square in favor of both corporations and people.

    The Dems’ Fork in the Road | David Frum | November 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Burning down the big tent causes long-term electoral problems, especially in a country that is increasingly diverse, not less.

  • At midnight, however, Jimmy entered the big tent quietly with a lantern, touching each of the fresh men on the shoulder.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • The exhibition had already started, and they got inside the big tent-like enclosure as speedily as possible.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • He left his seat in a hurry, and, elbowing his way through the crowd, started for the entrance to the big tent-like enclosure.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • He missed doing his tricks, too, and he missed seeing the boys and girls and their parents, in the big tent.

    Mappo, the Merry Monkey | Richard Barnum
  • It was soon decided to enlarge the Cave to accommodate five men, the other four consenting to squeeze into Stillwell's big tent.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson

British Dictionary definitions for big tent

big tent

    • a political approach in which a party claims to be open to a wide spectrum of constituents and groups

    • (as modifier): big-tent politics

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