yurt

noun
\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web In another, a Kazakh man serenades a group of friends with a traditional two-stringed lute while sitting in a yurt. New York Times, "China Tries to Counter Xinjiang Backlash With … a Musical?," 5 Apr. 2021 Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wilderness Feb. 13 to stay at his yurt, located about 20 miles northwest of Haines, in southeast Alaska. Mark Thiessen, USA TODAY, "'Shut the lid': Woman sits down in Alaska outhouse, gets attacked by bear hiding below," 20 Feb. 2021 For Gourdet, opening an all-yurt restaurant in the middle of a pandemic -- even a temporary one -- meant entering uncharted territory. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Oregon restaurants are reopening their dining rooms. Is it safe to eat indoors again?," 4 Mar. 2021 During the long, difficult build process, two large, yurt-style tents were erected on a beachside teak deck. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Home of the Week: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Private Island in the Bahamas Lists for $35 Million," 2 Mar. 2021 Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wilderness Feb. 13 to stay at his yurt, located about 20 miles northwest of Haines, in southeast Alaska. Mark Thiessen, USA TODAY, "'Shut the lid': Woman sits down in Alaska outhouse, gets attacked by bear hiding below," 20 Feb. 2021 Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wilderness Feb. 13 to stay at his yurt, located about 20 miles northwest of Haines, in southeast Alaska. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Alaska woman using outhouse attacked by bear, from below," 18 Feb. 2021 Each yurt holds between two to eight people (though individual parties are currently capped at six people in Oregon), and will be stocked with extra plates and utensils to avoid unnecessary contact between staff and guests. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "‘Top Chef’ star Gregory Gourdet to preview new restaurant Kann in temporary SE Portland yurt village," 16 Nov. 2020 Stay in a yurt on the property (from $150) or in the nearby town of Ketchum. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "The Best Nordic Trails in the U.S.," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Yurt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yurt. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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