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

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The iceberg and its proximity to Innaarsuit were also captured by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A satellite. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Iceberg Threatens Entire Greenland Village," 19 July 2018 Another image tweeted by Gray showed the iceberg and the peninsula’s dramatic coastline. James Rogers, Fox News, "Incredible images of Canada's 'beauty berg' cause sensation," 6 June 2018 This particular iceberg is completely flat at the top, with square sides and right angles. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Spots Strange Rectangular Iceberg in Antarctica," 23 Oct. 2018 In a large salad bowl, toss 8 cups torn crisp lettuce, such as iceberg or a mix of mâche, arugula and young romaine, with 2 whole scallions, finely chopped. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 These devices are only the tip of the autonomous iceberg. Fox News, "10 smart devices you never knew about before now," 12 Sep. 2018 Viola is immense like an iceberg, even with her smallest gestures there is so much weight. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Steve McQueen, Putting the Unseen On-Screen," 13 Nov. 2018 Speaking of waste, columnist Jon Talton writes about how bans on plastic straws are tackling the mere tip of a gigantic iceberg. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Puffins are a dwindling treasure in Cannon Beach, plus Costco fans try to #SaveThePolishDog | Thursday Morning Brief, July 12," 12 July 2018 On April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in mid-Atlantic with the loss of 1,500 lives. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm," 30 Aug. 2018

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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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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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