iceberg

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English[edit]

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Iceberg diagram
An iceberg

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch ijsberg, compound of ijs (ice) + berg (mountain). First used to describe a glacier as seen at a distance from a ship then used as a term to describe the floating chunks of ice broken off from such glaciers. Compare German Eisberg, Danish isbjerg, Norwegian/Swedish isberg, Welsh eisberg.

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iceberg (plural icebergs)

  1. A huge mass of ocean-floating ice which has broken off a glacier or ice shelf
    The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.
  2. (US, slang) An aloof person.
  3. (figuratively, after an adjective) An impending disastrous event whose adverse effects are only beginning to show, in reference to one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg being visible above water.
    • 2013, “How Barack Obama can get at least some of his credibility back”, in The Economist[1]:
      He has little to lose: at present he will go down in history, alongside George W. Bush, as a skipper who ignored the looming fiscal iceberg.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English iceberg, from Dutch ijsberg.

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iceberg m (plural icebergs)

  1. iceberg

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Galician[edit]

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iceberg m (plural [please provide])

  1. iceberg

Italian[edit]

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iceberg m (invariable)

  1. iceberg

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iceberg m (plural icebergs)

  1. iceberg

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English iceberg.

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  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /ˈiθe̞βe̞ɾ(x)/, /iθe̞ˈβe̞ɾ(x)/
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /ˈajsβe̞ɾɡ/

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iceberg m (plural icebergs)

  1. iceberg

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