Quonset hut

[ kwon-sit ]
/ ˈkwɒn sɪt /


a semicylindrical metal shelter having end walls, usually serving as a barracks, storage shed, or the like, developed for the U.S. military forces from the British Nissen hut at Quonset Naval Base in Rhode Island.
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Quonset hut

/ (ˈkwɒnsɪt) /


trademark US a military shelter made of corrugated steel sheet, having a semicircular cross sectionBrit equivalent: Nissen hut
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Word Origin and History for quonset

Quonset hut

1942, from Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island, where this type of structure was first built, 1941. The place name is from a southern New England Algonquian language and perhaps means "small, long place."

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