snow·​drift ˈsnō-ˌdrift How to pronounce snowdrift (audio)
: a bank of drifted snow

Examples of snowdrift in a Sentence

The car was almost buried in a snowdrift.
Recent Examples on the Web The blizzard of 1873 left snowdrifts a dozen feet high on some Indiana farms. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Like other homeowners in the towns near Lake Tahoe, Mr. Culp was racing to remove massive snowdrifts from his roof. Eliza Fawcett, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 Rain then morphed into macadamia-nut-sized hail that pelted the stadium, leaving what looked like foot-high snowdrifts on the floor of each dugout. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2023 The storm inundated Buffalo with more than 50 inches of snow from during Christmastime, caused snowdrifts of up to 15 feet and killed 15 Erie County residents in addition to the 31 people who died in Buffalo’s city limits. Laura Ly, CNN, 2 June 2023 In another scene, a group of doormen push white snowdrifts across the stage, then raise their shovels in the air to simulate the shape of Central Park’s Bow Bridge. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 7 June 2023 His soldiers learned much from the Inuit, including building igloos, deciphering the meaning of snowdrifts, ice fishing, hunting and butchering caribou — and observing the moon dog and sun dog. Norimitsu Onishi Nasuna Stuart-Ulin, New York Times, 4 June 2023 Volunteers in Montana recently dug a migration corridor through chest-high snowdrifts. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 17 Mar. 2023 In Truckee, a town of 17,000 north of Lake Tahoe, even the mayor, Lindsay Romack, spent part of Wednesday clearing off her roof, snowshoeing over six-foot snowdrifts and pulling down snow with a 16-foot rake. Eliza Fawcett, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Snowdrift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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snow·​drift -ˌdrift How to pronounce snowdrift (audio)
: a bank of drifted snow

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