- 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
Examples from the Web for igloo
Contemporary Examples of igloo
In their cheerleader personas, the penguins took over the stadium, entering through the igloo.‘The Puppy Bowl’: The Super Bowl’s Fiercest Rival
February 2, 2014
Historical Examples of igloo
Previous snows had found no lodgment into banks, and an igloo could not be built.The Long Labrador Trail
In his corner of the igloo he had ruminated long and earnestly.
In the igloo of the shaman, or medicine man, however, it was different.
I became possessed with the fear that we had passed the igloo.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
He fastened the flag to a staff and planted it firmly on the top of his igloo.A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
Matthew A. Henson
- 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 for igloo
1824, Canadian English, from an Eskimo word for "house, dwelling" (cf. Greenlandic igdlo "house").