from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for a prefabricated portable hut having a semicircular roof of corrugated metal that curves down to form walls. This trademark often occurs in attributive contexts in print: "a Quonset building that once stored grain” (Chicago Tribune).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A prefabricated building having a semicircular roof of corrugated iron; a Quonset hut.


Named after the place they were manufactured; the placename derives from an Algonquian language. (Wiktionary)



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