Big Tent Meaning
(attributive, sometimes hyphenated) Pertaining to, representing, or advocating such a group, philosophy, or movement.
Example: 1995, Elizabeth Gleick et al., "Sobering Times for A.A.," Time, 10 July:
The newcomers often bring an array of ancillary problems to meetings, including emotional trauma and addiction to other drugs. As the organization metamorphoses, its supporters wonder whether A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous] can or should be such a big tent.
1996, "Why Cowboys Became Kings," Newsweek, 8 Sept.:
They are not a slice of Americana, as we usually say, but rather, a broad brush of it. While most of our successful sports franchises display some distinct personality, only the Cowboys offer the big tent.
2008 January 19, Mo Rocca, Wait, Wait...Donâ€™t Tell Me!, National Public Radio:
Kucinich is a pretty big tent kinda guy. Heâ€™s very liberal.