ig·​loo | \ ˈi-(ˌ)glü How to pronounce igloo (audio) \
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

Illustration of igloo

Illustration of igloo

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Examples of igloo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each igloo must be rented as a whole and can hold up to eight people. Megan Becka, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2021 These igloo-like structures are Carbfix's mineralization sites, where C02 is mixed with water and injected around 800 meters underground. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The author, Joe said, was the son of Mary — the woman with the igloo. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Nov. 2021 Travellers can choose from different tours, including dog sledding adventures, arctic ocean tours to see Orca whales, polar bears and icebergs, and even learn how to build an igloo to name a few examples. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 While guests can hear the Pacific Ocean from their igloo, the Beach Club does have a pool right outside all of the igloos. Hannah Streck, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2021 Mary, Heather, Whitney and Meredith meet for lunch in an outdoor, glass igloo at Boneyard Saloon & Wine Dive in Park City. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 That's the topic on the table when Heather, Whitney, Mary, and Meredith gather for lunch in a COVID-era igloo. Jodi Walker, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Guests can book a double- or quadruple-occupancy igloo with either garden or pool views. Hannah Streck, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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27 Nov 2021

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“Igloo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/igloo. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce igloo (audio) \
plural igloos

Kids Definition of igloo

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

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