Middle English Dictionary Entry

tent(e n.(1)
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(a) A portable tent used as a dwelling place by nomadic people; also, fig. an abode, a dwelling place; (b) a tent used for temporary shelter in a military encampment, esp. during a siege; maken ~, to make camp; (c) a pavilion erected for use on a festive occasion; a tent set up for housing a participant in a tournament; (d) ~ ropes, ropes used to secure a tent or tentlike covering; maister of the kinges tentes, sergeaunt of tentes, a military officer in the king's household.
Fig. A company of men, usu. assembled for a military purpose; also, a host of angels.
A canopy, an awning; also, a curtain.