ig·loo | \ˈi-(ˌ)glü \
plural igloos

Definition of igloo 

1 : a usually dome-shaped dwelling of arctic regions that is usually made of blocks of snow or ice when built for temporary purposes or of sod, wood, or stone when permanent and that is typically associated with the indigenous Inuit, Inupiat, and Yupik peoples of Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and eastern Siberia

2 : a building or structure shaped like a dome

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As the kids shoot baskets, their dark eyes dart to a far corner, where a two-story blue canvas structure that looks like an igloo is inflating. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Where myth meets science: The northern lights in Nuiqsut, seen inside a portable planetarium," 21 Apr. 2018 Polar bears, igloos, frozen seas, and tepees combine to create a dreamy, almost surreal trance in Song on the Wind, by Caroline Everson and illustrator Anne Marie Bourgeois. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voyages, animals, beauty for the youngest readers," 11 June 2018 Also, Abby is awarded a dinner reservation for two to a brand-new five-star restaurant in an igloo and has to decide which coworker deserves to go with her, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Love, Legal Battles and NCIS Success: Inside Pauley Perrette's Ups and Downs," 17 May 2018 The airy Living Room has more places to chill than an igloo. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Moxy hotel opens Wednesday, welcoming 'fun hunters' to River North," 9 May 2018 There are plenty of ways to see the Northern Lights, from your bed in a glass igloo in Iceland to looking up from your own backyard in Alaska. Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Watch the Northern Lights Like a Damn Superhero," 6 Dec. 2017 Went to see the Cubs and Cleveland play a 2016 World Series rematch game Wednesday night downtown in the igloo of a baseball stadium. Peter King, SI.com, "2018 Draft: Magnets, Mayfield and the Browns’ Big Secret," 30 Apr. 2018 He is accompanied by a miniature sled, spoon, and igloo. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "There's a food fight among premium cruise lines, and Celebrity is seeking an Edge | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Find a hill for sledding or head out to your own yard to build a snowman, fort or for the more adventurous with time on their hands, check out these instructions for building an igloo on the Popular Science website, popsci.com. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tallgrass Kitchen: Short ribs are a good fit for Danish 'hygge'," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of igloo

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for igloo

Inuit iglu house

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English Language Learners Definition of igloo

: a house made of blocks of snow or ice in the form of a dome


ig·loo | \ˈi-glü \
plural igloos

Kids Definition of igloo

: a house often made of blocks of snow and shaped like a dome

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