ig·​loo ˈi-(ˌ)glü How to pronounce igloo (audio)
plural igloos
: 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
: a building or structure shaped like a dome

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Examples of igloo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clams build the igloos as an act of self-defense, attempting to contain the invading parasite in a mineralized chamber. Kristi Curry Rogers, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024 As long as the war continues, the use of nuclear weapons will be a real possibility. Or consider what happens if Putin orders genuine escalatory nuclear alert measures, such as taking tactical nuclear weapons out of storage igloos and loading them onto short-range missiles. Scott D. Sagan, Foreign Affairs, 16 Mar. 2022 The final scene shows a figure resembling Niko huddled up in an igloo with her parasitic Sprites (Max Jenkins, Caitlin Reilly). Max Gao, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 Stay in an ice igloo; go skiing or dog sledging; race rally cars through the Arctic; and visit Santa Claus’ home in Rovaniemi. Condé Nast Traveller, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for igloo 

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Word History


Inuit iglu house

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of igloo was in 1856

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“Igloo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/igloo. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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ig·​loo ˈig-lü How to pronounce igloo (audio)
plural igloos
: an Inuit house usually made of wood, sod, or stone when permanent or of blocks of snow or ice in the form of a dome when built for temporary use

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