iron·​bound ˈī(-ə)rn-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce ironbound (audio)
: bound with or as if with iron: such as
: harsh, rugged
ironbound coast
: stern, rigorous
ironbound traditions

Examples of ironbound in a Sentence

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ironbound was in the 14th century

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“Ironbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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iron·​bound ˈī(-ə)rn-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce ironbound (audio)
: rugged sense 1
ironbound coasts
: stern entry 1 sense 1a
ironbound traditions

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