- a tentlike dwelling of the Mongol and Turkic peoples of central Asia, consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins.
Origin of yurt
1885–90; < Russian yurt < Turkic; compare Turkish yurt home, fatherland, with cognates meaning “abode, dwelling” in all branches of Turkic
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"We were rather surprised ourselves," Yurt said complacently.
Around the yurt gathered women and children, dogs and calves.
Round the walls of the yurt were ranged one or two tables and chests of drawers.
Why should it have, when I already knew Yurt so well—considered him, in fact, one of my closest friends?
Yurt, after two years of living with us, still couldn't understand why we found this confusing.
- a circular tent consisting of a framework of poles covered with felt or skins, used by Mongolian and Turkic nomads of E and central Asia
from Russian yurta, of Turkic origin; compare Turkish yurt abode, home
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Word Origin and History for yurt
1784, ultimately from Russian yurta, from a Turkic language and originally meaning "home, dwelling."
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