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 igloos are the brainchild of Luxury Action, a 10-year-old Finnish private-travel company specializing in the Arctic and other Nordic regions. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "North Pole Igloos will be Earth's northernmost hotel – for 1 month a year. Price? $105K," 13 Sep. 2019 Bubbly foam bits hung from trees, trampolines woven with yarn and an igloo-esque hangout with airplane seats gave people places to lounge, while kids jumped and rolled around on plastic cushions and rolls. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Meow Wolf's Taos Vortex Festival Brought Community to the Forefront," 20 Aug. 2019 The igloo is made of a PVC support frame and a soft, transparent PVC shell. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Igloo Will Level Up Your Backyard This Summer," 26 June 2019 In 2016, the resort unveiled a three-story igloo made up of some 1,400 snow bricks—the world’s largest ice dome, with the Guinness World Record to prove it. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Swiss and Italian Alps," 26 Mar. 2019 Now, between Luxe and Plus, travelers can rent everything from a plane to a yurt to an igloo to an entire island. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "You can now rent a castle, ski lodge, or private island on Airbnb," 25 June 2019 Several positive reviews praise the dome structure, although one review complained that the igloo was wrinkled. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Amazon is selling a $1,200 geodesic dome kit for your backyard," 21 June 2019 Winter, however, brings the promise of activities such as sleeping in an igloo, reindeer herding, and northern lights viewing—aim for February for longer daylight hours. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Highway to the Arctic Ocean Is Canada's Coolest Road Trip," 13 June 2019 When the group arrived at Quincey Shelter, a famous igloo on the base, Harry was treated to a little Valentine's Day surprise. 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

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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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