icebreaker

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noun ice·break·er \ˈīs-ˌbrā-kər\

Definition of icebreaker

  1. 1 :  a ship equipped (as with a reinforced bow) to make and maintain a channel through ice

  2. 2 :  something that is done or said to get through the first difficulties in starting a conversation or discussion Roughly half of all Americans are invested in the market these days, and stock holdings have replaced politics, weather and sports as the go-to conversational icebreaker. — Adam Bryant … she also pays particular attention to icebreakers that relax guests and get them rubbing elbows, such as a cruise up the Colorado River, where guests nibble on hors d'oeuvres and sip Fall Creek wines. — Steve Heimoff — see also break the ice at 1break

Examples of icebreaker in a Sentence

  1. using an old joke as a conversational icebreaker

1825

First Known Use of icebreaker

1825


ICEBREAKER Defined for English Language Learners

icebreaker

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noun ice·break·er \ˈīs-ˌbrā-kər\

Definition of icebreaker for English Language Learners

  • : a ship designed to clear a passage through ice

  • : something done or said to help people to relax and begin talking at a meeting, party, etc.


ICEBREAKER Defined for Kids

icebreaker

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noun ice·break·er \ˈīs-ˌbrā-kər\

Definition of icebreaker for Students

  1. 1 :  a ship equipped to make and keep open a channel through ice

  2. 2 :  something said or done that helps people relax and begin talking in a social situation The party game was a good icebreaker.



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