Definition of tentpole
: a big-budget movie whose earnings are expected to compensate the studio for its less profitable movies
Recent Examples of tentpole from the Web
Some news outlets rushed to proclaim that 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' was the subject of a ransom demand, though there was never any indication the threat involved the Memorial Day weekend tentpole.
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, which for many will mean cookouts, trips to the beach and pool, family get-togethers, or heading to the multiplex to check out some of the season's new tentpole releases.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tentpole'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of tentpole
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up tentpole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).