see also: Iron
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈaɪən/
  • (GA) enPR: ī'ərn, IPA: /ˈaɪɚn/
  • (dialectal) IPA: /ˈaɪɹən/


  1. (uncountable) A common, inexpensive metal, silvery grey when untarnished, that rusts, is attracted by magnets, and is used in making steel.
  2. (uncountable, physics, chemistry, metallurgy) A metallic chemical element having atomic number 26 and symbol Fe.
  3. (uncountable, countable, metallurgy) Any material, not a steel, predominantly made of elemental iron.
    wrought iron, ductile iron, cast iron, pig iron, gray iron
  4. (countable) A tool or appliance made of metal, which is heated and then used to transfer heat to something else; most often a thick piece of metal fitted with a handle and having a flat, roughly triangular bottom, which is heated and used to press wrinkles from clothing, and now usually containing an electrical heating apparatus.
  5. (usually plural, irons) Shackles.
  6. (slang) A firearm, either a long gun or a handgun.
    • 1948, Treasure of the Sierra Madre
      Ah, throw that old iron over here! We'll pick it up and go on our way.
  7. (uncountable) A dark shade of the colour/color silver.
  8. (Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from iron hoof, rhyming with poof; countable, offensive) A male homosexual.
  9. (golf) A golf club used for middle-distance shots.
  10. (uncountable, figurative) Used as a symbol of great strength or toughness, or to signify a very strong or tough material.
    a will of iron
    He appeared easygoing, but inside he was pure iron.
  11. (weightlifting) Weight used as resistance for the purpose of strength training.
    He lifts iron on the weekends.
  12. A safety curtain in a theatre.
  13. (military, slang) Dumb bombs, those without guidance systems.
Synonyms Adjective

iron (not comparable)

  1. (not comparable) Made of the metal iron.
  2. (figuratively) Strong (as of will), inflexible.
    She had an iron will.
    He held on with an iron grip.
    an iron constitution
    Iron men
    Synonyms: adamant, adamantine, brassbound
Translations Translations Verb

iron (irons, present participle ironing; past and past participle ironed)

  1. (transitive) To pass an iron over (clothing or some other item made of cloth) in order to remove creases.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff.
  3. (transitive) To furnish or arm with iron.
    to iron a wagon
  • (to pass an iron over) press
Translations Translations
  • Russian: зако́вывать
  • Russian: покрыва́ть

Proper noun
  1. The 57th sura (chapter) of the Qur'an.
Proper noun
  1. A group of Ossetians of the northern Caucasus who speak the Iron Ossetian dialect.

iron (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Iron people.

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