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 film was based off of the story of the Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912 after striking an iceberg. Matt Mcnulty,, "Her Heart Will Go On! Céline Dion Sports Lookalike Version of Iconic Titanic Necklace in Paris," 3 July 2019 Facts, figures and features Towing capacity and cameras are the tip of an iceberg of features and first and bests Chevy claims for the 2020 Silverado HDs. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Chevy Silverado HD wins towing bragging rights over Ram, Ford," 25 June 2019 Next, the John, Deborah and Lanie soap opera may represent the tip of a gossip iceberg. Anchorage Daily News, "A new hire has turned your office dynamic into a soap opera. Here’s how to change the channel.," 2 July 2019 The fashion house has recreated everything from an arctic wonderland with a real iceberg to a forest full of trees and leaves. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "Chanel's Minimal Ponytails Are Summer's Easiest Hairstyle," 2 July 2019 To Kevin and everyone at Marvel, An iceberg sank the real Titanic. Nick Romano,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 25 June 2019 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

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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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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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