French hutte, from Old French hute, from Old High German hutta hut; probably akin to Old English hȳd skin, hide
- Date: 1655
- 1 : an often small and temporary dwelling of simple construction : shack
- 2 : a simple shelter from the elements
Huts are used as temporary shelter by people. Huts are quickly built of natural materials such as ice, stone, leather, fur, grass, palm leaves, branches and/or mud and exist in practically all nomadic cultures. Some huts are easily transportable.
Huts are used by shepherds when moving livestock between seasonal grazing areas such as mountainous and lowland pastures (transhumance). Some displaced populations of people use huts throughout the world during a diaspora. For example; temporary collectors in the wilderness agricultural workers at plantations in the Amazon jungle. Huts have been built for purposes such as storage, workshops, and teaching.
The term has also been adopted by climbers and backpackers to refer to a more solid and permanent structure offering refuge. These vary from simple bothies - which are little more than very basic shelters; to mountain huts which are far more luxurious and can even include facilities such as restaurants.