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 Images released by the European Space Agency show an iceberg the size of Malta split apart from a giant glacier in Antarctica. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 14 Feb. 2020 The world's largest iceberg will soon be entering the open ocean. Fox News, "World’s largest iceberg the size of Delaware is streaming toward open water and could endanger shipping vessels," 7 Feb. 2020 Serve stuffed celery ribs, halved or whole, on a bed of iceberg or other green lettuce. Keith Pandolfi, WSJ, "Why French Onion Dip Is the Right Move for Your Super Bowl Party," 23 Jan. 2020 The car business—where Rolls-Royce handmakes extreme high-end luxury vehicles only—is the tip of an experimental iceberg that goes back over a century, although the company has sold off some of its more interesting arms of business in recent years. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "These Tiny Nuclear Power Stations Could Be, Well, Huge," 21 Jan. 2020 Think beyond iceberg Crisp and affordable, iceberg lettuce is the most traditional salad lettuce. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Up your salad game in 2020 with 10 essential tips and this Southwest-inspired recipe," 15 Jan. 2020 In Dublin’s eyes, therefore, Rockall should have as much bearing on fishing rights as an iceberg or a shipwreck. Greg Noone, Smithsonian, "This Tiny, Uninhabitable Islet in the North Atlantic Has Been Attracting Fishermen and Adventurers for Decades," 30 Oct. 2019 In this July 19, 2007 file photo, an iceberg melts off Ammassalik Island in Eastern Greenland. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Journal Nature formerly retracts ocean-warming study," 27 Sep. 2019 And if the tip is well done, the iceberg becomes clear. Karl Vick, Time, "Sam Mendes on Taking World War I Out of the Trenches and Into the Theater in 1917," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Iceberg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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