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[yoo rt] /yʊərt/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for yurt
  • Traditional yurt dwellings on display before a monument.
  • Somewhere between a tent and a hut lies a curious little structure known by a single ungainly syllable: yurt.
  • The yurt has a propane cooking stove, wood-heating stove and propane lights.
  • The service's yurt sleeps up to eight and includes a wood stove and outhouse.
  • Each yurt has a dining table, a queen-sized bed and a patio.
  • Bathrooms and showers are located a short walk away from each yurt.
  • The yurt also has its own deck with a picnic table and deck chairs.
  • Reserve your campsite as early as possible, especially if you are going to be using one of the tepee, yurt or cabin campsites.
  • The company also offers yurt-based ski touring in the same area.
  • In addition, each yurt has a sky dome that allows you to see the stars while lying in bed.
British Dictionary definitions for yurt


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
Word Origin
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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