Definition of iceberg in English:
- The environment in the Antarctic is magnificent with glaciers, icebergs and ice floes on a scale which is awe-inspiring.
- Sea ice is frozen salt water, and when natural forces break it into pieces, the larger ones are called not icebergs but ice floes.
- Water lapped at the edge of the ice-sheets, small icebergs floating off and melting in the warmer waters.
- the tip of the iceberg
- The small, perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem that remains hidden: the statistics represent just the tip of the icebergMore example sentences
- These are real women, real situations and sadly, only the tip of the iceberg.
- Yet they are the tip of an iceberg because most cases of child abuse remain unknown, with children suffering in silence.
- This is just the tip of the iceberg, with many missing but not reported.
Late 18th century: from Dutch ijsberg, from ijs 'ice' + berg 'hill'.
The earliest meaning of iceberg in English was for a glacier which is seen from the sea as a hill. The term came in the late 18th century from Dutch ijsberg, from ijs ‘ice’ and berg ‘hill’. The expression the tip of the iceberg, ‘the small visible part of a larger problem that remains hidden’, is surprisingly recent, being recorded only from the 1950s.
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