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 That means tentpole games Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat 11 will no longer be played; the latter game figured largely into EVO's transition to an online-only event, owing to its reputation for superior netcode. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "EVO 2020 game tourney canceled, co-founder fired [Updated]," 2 July 2020 Squadrons is the first major tentpole game from a publisher this size to come to VR⁠—at least on PC. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Star Wars: Squadrons resurrects the spirit of yesteryear's X-Wing and TIE Fighter games," 15 June 2020 The tentpole achievement of this quarter was $13.3 billion in services revenue, up $2.2 billion compared to the same quarter a year ago. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "In an unusual investor call, Apple reports flat quarterly earnings amid COVID-19," 30 Apr. 2020 Murphy says the Huntsville amphitheater’s tentpole, concert-venue component allows Venue Group to elevate Huntsville to national and international music industry. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Will coronavirus impact Huntsville’s amphitheater plans?," 23 Apr. 2020 Metal hubs where tentpoles come together to support the roof are also something to look for. The Editors, Field & Stream, "4 Keys to Selecting Your Next Ground Blind," 2 Apr. 2020 Major studios have pushed back their tentpoles to the fall or, in many cases, all the way to 2021. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "It's way too soon to reopen movie theaters," 22 Apr. 2020 The moves follow a slew of tentpole films being pushed back, including Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984, F9, In the Heights, Mulan, No Time To Die, The New Mutants and Peter Rabbit 2. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Top Gun: Maverick release date pushed back due to coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2020 Kennedy wasn’t exactly wrong: At the time, there was a tiny handful of women — Patty Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Mimi Leder — who had been hired to direct massive tentpole movies with blockbuster budgets. Adam B. Vary, chicagotribune.com, "Women will direct four major superhero movies in 2020, and Hollywood may never be the same," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of tentpole

1987, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Tentpole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentpole. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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