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

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WarnerMedia announced the name and several tentpole programs on Tuesday. Brian Stelter, CNN, "WarnerMedia banks on HBO's brand name for new streaming service," 9 July 2019 And the same goes for tentpole HBO shows like Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "HBO’s Los Espookys will make you want to be a horror technician, too," 14 June 2019 Ant-Man and the Wasp is easily trouncing the competition, including horror offering The First Purge, which opened on July Fourth to get a jump on the superhero tentpole. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Soaring to $80M-Plus U.S. Debut," 7 July 2018 Spider-Man may be far from home in Marvel’s latest summer tentpole. Christi Carras, latimes.com, "Watch ‘Spider-Man’ star Tom Holland rescue puppies with Stephen Colbert," 25 June 2019 Aside from a brief photocall and interview with Prince Harry and Archie, the Duchess has been privately adjusting to life as a new mom—but a tentpole royal engagement might soon mark her return to the public sphere. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle May Soon Make Her Second Public Appearance Since Baby Archie's Birth," 29 May 2019 Its aesthetic and branding mimic that of marathon, Spartan races, Tough Mudder events, and other weekend warrior tentpoles. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "E-Biking My Way Through New York's Five Boro Bike Tour," 9 May 2019 Mackie, a tentpole in the history of camp's place in fashion, is serving on the board of this year's Gala. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Channels Cher in a Naked Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Gurung spent years living in Mumbai and other parts of Asia after having grown up in Nepal, so a key tentpole of his brand remains celebrating the visibility and diversity of South Asia. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Breaks Naan With Fashion’s Finest at His Post-Show Dinner," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of tentpole

1987, in the meaning defined above

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