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

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The igloo had been decorated with two sweet photos of his and Meghan's wedding. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For Prince Harry's Visit, Soldiers Decorated an Igloo With Photos of His and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 14 Feb. 2019 But the visit wasn't all business, because Harry arrived to find an igloo decorated with his royal wedding photos, in honor of Valentine's Day. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Spent Valentine's Day in an Igloo Decorated with His Wedding Photos," 16 Feb. 2019 There were also lit candles throughout the igloo, and romantic music was playing. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Spent Valentine's Day in an Igloo Decorated with His Wedding Photos," 16 Feb. 2019 The Snow Ball is a white, hexagonal cat pod that looks like a little igloo, with a soft velvet shell, fluffy fur trim and white-on-white snowflake lining. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018 Built from 2,500 tons of ice pulled from the nearby Torne River, the temporary hotel is like a massive, ornate igloo. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The Icehotel is back and as fantastical as ever," 20 Dec. 2018 Undoubtedly an improvement over the lumpy pillow your dog calls home, this 13-sided den from Tokyo design firm Natural Slow is called the Kamakura, after the igloo-like snow huts found in northern Japan. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "5 Pet Homes That Humans Will Envy," 26 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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