\ˈhət \

Definition of hut 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an often small and temporary dwelling of simple construction : shack

2 : a simple shelter from the elements

\ˈhət, ˈhəp \

Definition of hut (Entry 2 of 2)

used to mark a marching cadence

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Other Words from hut


hut verb

Synonyms for hut

Synonyms: Noun

cabin, camp, hovel, hutch, shack, shanty

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Examples of hut in a Sentence


smoke rose from a fisherman's hut on the shore of the lake

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The video's emergency exit instructions are cued from inside the hut used by early explorer Ernest Shackleton on a South Pole-seeking expedition in the 1900s. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "'Entourage' to Antarctica: See 'cool' new Air New Zealand safety video," 28 Feb. 2018 The upper and lower mattresses of a triple bunk inside the hut were essentially untouched. Ben Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska's biggest volcanic eruptions," 27 Feb. 2012 About 80 skiers, including some non-Japanese at a hut at the top of the mountain, were later rescued by helicopters on Tuesday afternoon. Author: Elaine Lies, Anchorage Daily News, "1 skier dead in avalanche after volcano erupts at Japanese resort," 23 Jan. 2018 The young boy walked about three miles before discovering an unused hut in a neighboring military area. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED] Missing Japanese Boy Found a Week Later," 3 June 2016 Children burned alive as government soldiers blocked the door of their hut and set it aflame. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "South Sudan's latest civil war atrocities kept out of sight," 7 June 2018 Late at night, curled up on a sofa back at their hut, Meghan talks about being biracial (which, buckle up, more on that later, kids). Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance," 14 May 2018 Bike riders can shop at the OurParks Gear Bike Shop - formerly known as the Charter Oak warming hut - for hoodies, hat, shirts, snacks, and other merchandise. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Outdoor Fun Planned For Trails Day Weekend," 21 May 2018 The movie cuts directly from Paris to a thatched hut in Tahiti where Gauguin is furiously painting, oblivious to the torrential downpour outside. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti' chronicles Gauguin’s desire to see a new way," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of hut


1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hut


French hutte, from Old French hute, from Old High German hutta hut; probably akin to Old English hȳd skin, hide


probably alteration of hep entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hut

: a small and simple house or building


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Kids Definition of hut

: a small roughly made and often temporary dwelling

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to reject or criticize sharply

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