ˈyu̇rt How to pronounce yurt (audio)
: 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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Examples of yurt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This particular yurt was designed for yoga practice; Mr. Kelley called it the Yogurt. Penelope Green, New York Times, 30 July 2023 The grounds include a 100-square-foot spa yurt, a 750-square-foot yoga yurt, and a traditional Finnish sauna. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2023 Glamping options at Out There, off leash include an eclectic yurt, an oceanfront tent cabin, or a treehouse. Brittany Anas, House Beautiful, 2 Sep. 2023 Choose from cabins, yurts, cottages, beach access, forest hideaways ... Jacqueline Kehoe, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 Snorting drugs in soggy yurts For many, the festival organizers’ calls for sobriety and restraint were interpreted loosely. Alexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2023 In addition to cabins and yurts, there are plenty of primitive camping options—as well as creature comforts like restrooms, showers, and a camp store. Laura Ratliff, Country Living, 25 May 2023 The cozy interiors of The Lodge of Blue Sky's yurt, which is often used for whiskey tastings, private dinners, and yurts. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 Oct. 2023 At DuPont Yurts, travelers stay in one of the four expertly outfitted structures, which can house parties of up to four or six people (depending on the yurt). Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yurt was in 1876

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“Yurt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yurt. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a light round tent of skins or felt used by nomads in central Asia

from Russian yurta "a domed tent, yurt"; of Turkish origin

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