iceberg

noun
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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Most memorable of all was the improbable giant iceberg from Scandinavia that Chanel shipped across the continent for the Fall 2010 show. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit in northwestern Greenland. Fox News, "Iceberg looming over Greenland village is spotted from space," 19 July 2018 An 11-million ton iceberg, perched off the coast of a tiny Greenland village, is striking fear in the hearts of residents. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "11-million-ton iceberg threatens to inundate tiny Greenland village with tsunami," 15 July 2018 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

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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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iceberg

noun

English Language Learners Definition of iceberg

: a very large piece of ice floating in the ocean

iceberg

noun
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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