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

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 Inside Amazon, privacy staffers feared their company could careen into its own submerged iceberg of a privacy scandal. Will Evans, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 Understandably, the 103 evacuated women at risk are the tip of an iceberg. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The financial risk resembles an iceberg: Chinese companies such as Didi and Luckin Coffee are just the tip. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 7 Aug. 2021 Guests receive boarding passes containing the names of actual passengers or crew members who were aboard the British passenger liner that sank in 1912 on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg. CBS News, 4 Aug. 2021 Facing such Teutonic brawn, Ford clings wearily to the Flying Wing like a polar bear grips an iceberg. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Last month, the world’s largest iceberg, which was more than three times the size of Los Angeles, broke off from Antarctica. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 The iceberg, dubbed A-74, detached about two weeks ago and began to drift through the Weddell Sea. Julia Musto, Fox News, 21 Mar. 2021 The giant iceberg, some 1,500 square miles in size, is now around 50 miles south of the similarly sized island. James Hookway, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2021

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“Iceberg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 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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