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shelter tent

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noun
  1. a small, two-person, military tent consisting of two halves (shelter halves) buttoned or tied together, held up by accessory ropes and poles.
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Origin of shelter tent

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Also called pup tent.
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Examples from the Web for shelter tent

Historical Examples

  • The gable ends were closed with pieces of shelter-tent, boards, or some substitute.

    In The Ranks

    R. E. McBride

  • If your shelter-tent got afire or blew away, wouldn't you crawl into mine?

    The Younger Set

    Robert W. Chambers

  • The tent question we will discuss elsewhere; but you can hardly do with less than a piece of shelter-tent.

    How to Camp Out

    John M. Gould

  • You can, however, cut a few poles for rafters, and throw the shelter-tent instead of the bark or brush over the poles.

    How to Camp Out

    John M. Gould

  • The shelter-tent used by the Union soldiers during the Rebellion was made of light duck about 31-1/2 inches wide.

    How to Camp Out

    John M. Gould


British Dictionary definitions for shelter tent

shelter tent

noun
  1. US a military tent for two men
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