Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A circular, domed, portable tent used by nomadic peoples of central Asia.

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  • n. A large, round semi-permanent tent with vertical walls and conical roof usually associated with Central Asia and Mongolia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the houses or huts, whether permanent or movable, of the natives of northern and central Asia. Also yourta, yourte, jurt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Russian yurta, of Turkic origin.

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From Russian юрта (júrta), from a Turkic language, related to Turkish yurt, "home, homeland".

Examples

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  • Snap! The Christ Church Cathedral in my town is a yurt, most definitely.

    August 15, 2008

  • I've had a lot of fun comparing ugly modern church buildings to yurts. The resemblance is really quite striking.

    August 15, 2008

  • Yurts! I forgot about yurts. In the early 90s I lived in yurt for a few months, in Bowdoinham Maine.

    December 11, 2006