\ ˈyu̇rt How to pronounce yurt (audio) , ˈyərt\

Definition of yurt

: a circular domed tent of skins or felt stretched over a collapsible lattice framework and used by pastoral peoples of inner Asia also : a structure that resembles a yurt usually in size and design

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Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Rukmini Giridharadas spent summers in a yurt that doubled as a potter’s studio. Sophia Markoulakis, SFChronicle.com, "Florists highlight floral displays in beautiful, custom vases that they rent," 7 June 2019 The Standard East Village erected drinking and dining yurts. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Hottest Nightspots This Winter Are Very Cold," 11 Feb. 2019 Think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and leather couches. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 For the build, Ryan partnered with friend and architect John Berg, who had spent several summers staying in one of the yurts built around the property. Erin Geiger Smith, House Beautiful, "Apartment Therapy's Maxwell Ryan's Home Is An Awesome Mix Of Scandinavian And Barnhouse Chic," 9 Jan. 2019 Over in Mongolia, Three Camel Lodge’s traditional felt yurts are served by the only airport in the province and have views of the Gobi Desert, where herds of horses gallop across the steppe (travel with Nomadic Expeditions). Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Go When You Just Want to Be Alone," 7 Sep. 2018 Dream House Luxury Cotton Canvas Tent This yurt-style tent is roomy enough all your friends—and all the new pals you’re bound to meet at that festival. Rebecca Straus, Sunset, "10 Amazing Luxury Camping Tents," 22 Jan. 2018 Stay in anything from a caravan-style cabin on an organic farm in Tuscany ($43 per night) to a pet-friendly yurt in a Canadian park ($108 per night) or a rain forest treehouse with a swimming pool in Australia ($413 per night). Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 13 Mar. 2018 Sun Valley Trekking also rents two of its backcountry mountain yurts, Coyote and Pioneer, which make great long-weekend base camps for exploring the high peaks. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "An Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Ketchum, Idaho," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of yurt

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yurt

Russian dialect yurta, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish yurt home

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The first known use of yurt was in 1876

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