snow·​bank ˈsnō-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce snowbank (audio)
: a mound or slope of snow

Example Sentences

The car slid into a snowbank.
Recent Examples on the Web Iowa's safe haven law has been in place since 2002 after a teenager in Chelsea gave birth and left the newborn in a snowbank the year prior. Francesca Block, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2023 Big Pine, California CNN — An elderly man survived on croissants, candy and biscotti for nearly a week alone in his car, stuck in a snowbank on a desolate California highway. Cheri Mossburg, CNN, 8 Mar. 2023 Two days before Christmas, a man on a smoke break found the 55-year-old’s body frozen in a snowbank bordering a scrap of spruce forest. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Feb. 2023 Demetrius Robinson was found in a snowbank a day before his birthday. Faith Karimi, CNN, 30 Dec. 2022 Fall into them like a kid into a snowbank this winter. Lauren Daley,, 21 Dec. 2022 The drama escalated the first night, when exhaust pipes for several butane heaters were blocked by the growing snowbank, sending gas back into the car and nearly killing dozens of passengers. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Dec. 2022 Deputy Mercedez Holzworth of the Stutsman County, North Dakota, Sheriff's Office, was already driving in the area to answer a call of a truck that was also stuck in a snowbank and arrived at Baker's scene. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 7 Jan. 2023 One man, found dead in a snowbank, died on his 56th birthday. Arkansas Online, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowbank was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Snowbank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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snow·​bank ˈsnō-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce snowbank (audio)
: a mound or slope of snow

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