iron Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “iron” - English Dictionary

Definition of "iron" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

ironnoun

 us   /ˈɑɪ·ərn/

iron noun (METAL)

[U] a ​common, silver-colored, ​metalelement that is ​magnetic and ​strong, is used in making ​steel, and is ​found in ​smallamounts in ​blood and in all ​living things: Iron rusts ​easily. Liver is a ​richsource of ​dietary iron.

iron noun (DEVICE)

[C] a ​device with a ​handle and a ​flatmetalbase that can be ​heated and ​pressed against ​cloth to make the ​clothsmooth

ironverb [T]

 us   /ˈɑɪ·ərn/

iron verb [T] (USE DEVICE)

to make ​clothsmooth using an iron: I have to iron this ​skirt. [M] Let me iron out the ​wrinkles in this ​tablecloth.
Phrasal verbs

ironadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɑɪ·ərn/

iron adjective [not gradable] (MADE OF METAL)

made of or ​containing iron: iron ​ore an iron ​railing along the ​steps fig. Her ​successdepended on ​physicalstrength and an iron will (= ​strongdetermination).
(Definition of iron from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "iron" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

ironnoun

uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/

iron noun (METAL)

B1 (symbol Fe) [U] a ​chemicalelement that is a ​common greyish-coloured ​metal. It is ​strong, used in making steel, and ​exists in very ​smallamounts in ​blood: Iron ​rustseasily. Liver is a ​particularlyrichsource of ​dietary iron. iron ​ore an iron ​deficiency
More examples

iron noun (FOR CLOTHES)

B1 [C] a ​piece of ​equipment for making ​clothesflat and ​smooth that has a ​handle and a ​flatbase and is usually ​heated with ​electricity: a ​steam iron a ​travel iron
More examples

iron noun (GOLF)

[C] a ​stick that has an iron or steelpart at the end that is used to ​hit the ​ball in golf: He'll ​probably use a 2 or 3 iron for the ​shot.

iron noun (CHAINS)

irons [plural] literary chainstied around someone to ​prevent them from ​escaping or ​moving: It was ​commonpractice for the ​prisoners to be clapped in irons (= ​tied with ​chains).

ironverb [I or T]

uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/
B1 to make ​clothesflat and ​smooth using an iron: It ​takes about five ​minutes to iron a ​shirtproperly.
Phrasal verbs

ironadjective [before noun]

uk   /aɪən/  us   /aɪrn/
very ​strongphysically, ​mentally, or ​emotionally: I ​think you have to have an iron will to make some of these ​decisions.
(Definition of iron from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "iron" - Business English Dictionary

See all translations

ironnoun [U]

uk   us   /aɪən/ NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION
a common metal element used in making ​steel: Heavy ​industries, like iron and ​steel, can take ​advantage of the government's ​increased public-works ​spending.
(Definition of iron from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of iron?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More