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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Examples of yurt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an effort to increase access and awareness for underrepresented campers, Oregon State Parks are offering free yurts and cabins this summer for disabled, LGBTQ, and POC campers. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Oregon State Parks Are Funding Free Camping Weekends for Disabled, LGBTQ, and POC Campers," 11 Feb. 2020 A half hour from the park entrance on Highway 504, Eco Park Resort offers cabins and yurts. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Mount Rainier National Park," 25 Sep. 2019 Its sprawling, unsanitary and heavily polluted shantytowns of gers (yurts) are a last resort for many out-of-work herders. The Economist, "Daily chart Mongolia’s deadly winters are becoming more frequent," 25 Jan. 2020 And all across these velvet downs, round white yurts sprouted as mysteriously as mushrooms. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 Think cabins, yurts, canvas tents & airstreams or private farms, ranches and vineyards. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio campsite chosen as one of the top 10 locations to enjoy the outdoors in 2020," 16 Jan. 2020 After hours, book a massage in a yurt and follow it with a plunge into a series of hot, warm, and cold outdoor pools under the stars. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, "This Jungle Retreat in Mexico Is the Perfect Escape," 5 Jan. 2020 Stay in one of 40 fancy all-inclusive gers, as yurts are known in Mongolia, which are made of wood and covered in felt and canvas. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 One showed him in a yurt, another with a live eagle and a third depicted him riding a Mongolian horse. ProPublica, "Donald Trump Jr. Went to Mongolia, Got Special Treatment From the Government and Killed an Endangered Sheep," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Yurt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yurt. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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