Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


or iglu

[ig-loo] /ˈɪg lu/
noun, plural igloos.
an Eskimo house, being a dome-shaped hut usually built of blocks of hard snow.
Informal. any dome-shaped construction thought to resemble an igloo:
immense silos topped with steel igloos.
Military. a dome-shaped building for the storage of rockets or other munitions.
an excavation made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice.
Origin of igloo
First recorded in 1855-60, igloo is from the Inuit word iglu house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for igloo
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Don't you remember about that Eskimo igloo that they had built of ice in the middle of the skating pond?

  • Johnny left the igloo with a worried expression on his face.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • He was under the fur coat of the Eskimo boy, being carried across the snow to the ice hut, or igloo.

    The Story of a Plush Bear Laura Lee Hope
  • Previous snows had found no lodgment into banks, and an igloo could not be built.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • He was up in the Lake Hazen region with his Eskimos, and he had left them at the igloo while he looked around for game.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • About two miles from Good Point, we passed the Doctor's igloo.

  • Even with the thermometer at forty below, and the wind howling about the igloo, this room was warm as toast.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • I helped Mr. Borup build his igloo, for which he was grateful.

  • When he emerged again from the igloo the last breath of the storm had ceased to blow and a dead calm prevailed.

    Bobby of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for igloo


noun (pl) -loos, -lus
a dome-shaped Inuit house, usually built of blocks of solid snow
a hollow made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice
Word Origin
C19: from Inuktitut igdlu house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for igloo

1824, Canadian English, from an Eskimo word for "house, dwelling" (cf. Greenlandic igdlo "house").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for igloo

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for igloo

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for igloo