ice·​berg | \ ˈīs-ˌbərg How to pronounce iceberg (audio) \

Definition of iceberg

1 : a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier
2 : an emotionally cold person

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Examples of iceberg in a Sentence

a brilliant doctor, no doubt, but both patients and staff complain that he is an iceberg
Recent Examples on the Web The January 6th insurrection was just the tip of the anti-democratic iceberg that our country is facing. John Fetterman, CNN, 9 June 2021 The iceberg over his face reverses its course, coming out of the water. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 29 May 2021 The iceberg broke off the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf, which is the second-largest ice shelf in Antarctica, Earth's southernmost continent. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 20 May 2021 The calving iceberg was spotted by the British Antarctic Survey., 20 May 2021 Relive the birth of the #A76 iceberg with this stunning animation! Chris Morris, Fortune, 20 May 2021 The original plans for the Unsinkable Titanic ship also included a show that recreated the iceberg hit that led to the sinking. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 18 May 2021 Erratic Rock is a 90-ton boulder that researchers believe floated 500 miles in an iceberg before landing in the Willamette Valley sometime between 12,000 and 17,000 years ago, courtesy of the Missoula Floods that helped shape the region. oregonlive, 29 May 2021 The world's largest iceberg has broken off from Antarctica according to the European Space Agency. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of iceberg

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for iceberg

probably partial translation of Danish or Norwegian isberg, from is ice + berg mountain

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The first known use of iceberg was in 1784

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13 Jun 2021

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“Iceberg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of iceberg

: a very large piece of ice floating in the ocean


ice·​berg | \ ˈīs-ˌbərg How to pronounce iceberg (audio) \

Kids Definition of iceberg

: a large mass of ice that has broken away from a glacier and is floating in the ocean


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