tent city

noun

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

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

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