tent city


Definition of tent city

: a collection of many tents set up in an area to provide usually temporary shelter (as for displaced or homeless people) Tent cities of displaced homeowners have sprung up in the state's Central Valley—even in the capital, Sacramento.— Matt Woolsey Anti-sweatshop protesters at FSU pitched a tent city last March to demand that the school join the Workers Rights Consortium …— Meline Toumani et al.

First Known Use of tent city

1838, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tent city

Time Traveler for tent city

Time Traveler

The first known use of tent city was in 1838

See more words from the same year

Statistics for tent city

Cite this Entry

“Tent city.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tent%20city. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

Comments on tent city

What made you want to look up tent city? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!