iron·​bound | \ ˈī(-ə)rn-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce ironbound (audio) \

Definition of ironbound

: bound with or as if with iron: such as
a : harsh, rugged ironbound coast
b : stern, rigorous ironbound traditions

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Recent Examples on the Web And there are advantages to having no ironbound curatorial concept in play: At least the 30 or so artists get equal time with their varied voices, some mild, some strong, several new to New York. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of ironbound

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ironbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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