\ 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, hooch (or hootch) [slang], hovel, hutch, hutment, 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ali Nesa has never known what’s wrong with her teenage daughter, who spends her days in the refugee camp lying on the floor of her family’s thatch hut, unable to talk, walk or eat on her own. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018 In an effort to foster public goodwill among the neighbors and highlight accessibility, APR is building a series of affordable yurts and huts on the prairie for the public. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "The New Outdoor Getaway: Landscapes That Have Been ‘Rewilded’," 20 Sep. 2018 In 1800, the Adamses moved into the middle of a construction site that included huts, brick kilns and holes dug for clay bricks. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Historian’s got the dirt on what presidents used to grow," 1 June 2018 By the 1970s, the lure of beach huts had worn off, and the area’s dense population has since changed the landscape. Chris R. Vaccaro, New York Times, "The Return of the Lady of Lake Ronkonkoma," 5 July 2018 The tensions have led to scuffles, harassment of nomadic girls and, allegedly, the burning of nomad huts by Hindu men. Washington Post, "Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today’s India," 17 May 2018 The number of dilapidated huts around here with brand-new cars sitting in front of them is confounding, and what people from this neighborhood can spend on clothes and shoes alone could most likely settle the national debt with change left over. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Judgement and Epiphany on Pittsburgh’s Number 79 Bus," 11 May 2018 Then, archaeologists found the remains of two Bronze Age huts from between 2,000 and 800 B.C., connected by an underground passage called a souterrain which may have been used for cold storage. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A History Nerd Will Get to Spend the Summer Guiding Visitors Through 4,000 Years of History," 28 Apr. 2018 The Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society was founded in 1966, using a pair of World War II-era Quonset huts donated to the group. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tiny railroaders battle with state Expo over Napa’s past, future," 7 Apr. 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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