Nissen-hut definition

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A prefabricated building of corrugated steel in the shape of a half cylinder, used especially by military personnel as a shelter.
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A prefabricated shelter of corrugated metal shaped like a cylinder cut vertically in two and resting on its flat surface: first used by the Brit. Army in WWI.
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(UK) A prefabricated building, formerly used by the military, having a semicircular roof of corrugated iron.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nissen-hut
Plural:
nissen-huts

Origin of nissen-hut

  • After Peter Norman Nissen (1871–1930), British army officer and mining engineer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • For Peter Norman Nissen, Canadian engineer

    From Wiktionary