tentpole

noun
tent·​pole | \ ˈtent-ˌpōl How to pronounce tentpole (audio) \

Definition of tentpole

: a big-budget movie whose earnings are expected to compensate the studio for its less profitable movies

Examples of tentpole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To wrest back the sport, and to survive in an entertainment business consolidating around tentpole events and bankable stars, the Tour might have to look a bit more like LIV. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Wiles has been instrumental in creating several of ACM Lifting Lives’ tentpole events including Party for a Cause and Music Camp. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 1 June 2022 Franko will lead our digital rollout plans for the department’s most ambitious work, plan coverage for tentpole events and work alongside Julia Turner, Craig Nakano and Nate Jackson to guide the department’s audience development strategies. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 But Sarhangi says few have made ease of use for everyone and anyone a tentpole of their services. Declan Harty, Fortune, 14 July 2022 The milestone comes after Forbes named Rihanna a billionaire last August, primarily based off the success of her Fenty empire and its tentpole, Fenty Beauty. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 July 2022 The Paramount and Skydance tentpole, starring Tom Cruise, is doing massive business in its second weekend. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 June 2022 After that, there was no way the corporate overlords at Vought were going to let her feature in their big blockbuster tentpole. Nick Romano, EW.com, 3 June 2022 Also, Spider-Man affirmed the comic book superhero movie as a potential A-level tentpole, after 13 years of post-Batman false starts. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tentpole

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tentpole was in 1987

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Last Updated

5 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Tentpole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentpole. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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