Definition of iceberg noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈaɪsbɜːɡ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪsbɜːrɡ//
Coastlines and the sea
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  • an extremely large mass of ice floating in the sea The ship struck a hidden iceberg. See related entries: Coastlines and the sea
  • Word Originlate 18th cent.: from Dutch ijsberg, from ijs ‘ice’ + berg ‘hill’.Idioms only a small part of a much larger problem This figure represents only the tip of the iceberg, since as many as 90% of cases go unreported.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: iceberg

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