Tent etymology


English word tent comes from Latin tendere, Latin teneo, Proto-Italic *tentos, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) tente (Tent, temporary hut or other similar building.)

Etymology of tent

Detailed word origin of tent

Dictionary entry Language Definition
tendere Latin (lat)
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
*tentos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
tensus Latin (lat)
tentus Latin (lat)
*tenta Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
tente Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Tent, temporary hut or other similar building.
tente Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
tent English (en) (Scotland) A portable pulpit set up outside to accommodate worshippers who cannot fit into a church.. (archaic) The representation of a tent used as a bearing.. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, used for sheltering people from the weather.. A trouser tent; a piece of fabric, etc. protruding outward like a tent. [...]

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