Definition of yurt in English:



  • A circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey.

    • ‘Inuit igloos in the Arctic and felt-covered yurts on the Mongolian steppes, for example, have been used for centuries.’
    • ‘The convoy includes a huge ox-cart, bearing a yurt, the traditional round Mongol felt tent.’
    • ‘They erected a yurt - a round tent-like structure - and put up tents to sleep in.’
    • ‘The Dutchers spent six years living in yurts on the compound, recording whatever the wolves were doing.’
    • ‘Does the Registered Architects' Board have to employ someone who understands tepee building or Mongolian yurts?’
    • ‘In a traditional yurt, the framework is covered with felt mats and tied down with hair ropes to prevent the mats from blowing off in stiff winds.’
    • ‘Her students will make use of the project's three on-site yurts.’
    • ‘In Mongolia, the yurt's covering would normally be made from sheep hides - but the York volunteers decided on a canvas covering instead.’
    • ‘They are hung as doorway coverings at the entrance to a yurt (tent).’
    • ‘One company, Singing Horse, designs portable yurts.’
    • ‘Twenty feet away, three rangers wearing military fatigues and toting rifles sat outside a metal yurt.’
    • ‘Located on the ridge above Galena, three backcountry yurts are accessible by a short ski or snowshoe.’
    • ‘They had a yurt, which is a tent, and the guide wondered, out loud, what it would be like to live in such a thing.’
    • ‘The movie team pitched their yurts about 1km away from the household.’
    • ‘On the eve of the lunar New Year, all members of the family sit cross-legged in the center of the ger or yurt and begin their dinner at midnight.’
    • ‘The book festival is in a square, filled with huge tents, pods and even a yurt.’
    • ‘He was greeted by dune buggies, which then took him across a lunar landscape for five hours to a collection of yurts, or Mongolian tents.’
    • ‘The camp was ready for my sole occupancy and, yes, it was made up of those wonderful, traditional, Mongolian felt tents they called yurts.’
    • ‘On the Loose Expeditions' two luxury yurts are in a secluded corner of a 150-acre working organic farm in Vermont's Green Mountains.’
    • ‘At one time, the nomadic Kazaks lived in yurts, cone-shaped tents of white felt stretched over a framework of wooden poles.’


From Russian yurta, via French or German from Turkic jurt.