Nissen hut

[ nis-uh n ]
/ ˈnɪs ən /


a prefabricated, tunnel-shaped shelter made of corrugated metal and having a concrete floor; Quonset hut: first used by the British army in World War I.

Origin of Nissen hut

1915–20; after Lieutenant Colonel Peter N. Nissen (1871–1930), Canadian military engineer who invented it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nissen hut

Nissen hut
/ (ˈnɪsən) /


a military shelter of semicircular cross section, made of corrugated steel sheetUS and Canadian equivalent: Quonset hut

Word Origin for Nissen hut

C20: named after Lt Col. Peter Nissen (1871–1930), British mining engineer, its inventor
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