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

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, "A Bumpy Journey From Havana to New York Ends at ‘Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje’," 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 6 Aug. 2020.

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