noun ivo·ry \ˈīv-rē, ˈī-və-rē\

: a hard white substance that forms the tusks of elephants and other animals

: a slightly yellowish white color

: a piano key

plural ivo·ries

Full Definition of IVORY

a :  the hard creamy-white modified dentine that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal (as an elephant, walrus, or narwhal)
b :  a tusk that yields ivory
:  a variable color averaging a pale yellow
slang :  tooth
:  something (as a piano key) made of ivory or of a similar substance
ivory adjective

Examples of IVORY

  1. a carved piece of ivory

Origin of IVORY

Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-French ivoire, ivurie, from Latin eboreus of ivory, from ebor-, ebur ivory, from Egyptian ˒ʾb, ˒ʾbw elephant, ivory
First Known Use: 13th century
IVORY Defined for Kids


noun ivo·ry \ˈī-və-rē, ˈīv-rē\
plural ivo·ries

Definition of IVORY for Kids

:  a hard creamy-white material that forms the tusks of mammals (as elephants)
:  a creamy white color
Medical Dictionary


noun ivo·ry \ˈīv-(ə-)rē\
plural ivo·ries

Medical Definition of IVORY

:  the hard creamy-white modified dentin that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal and especially the elephant
ivory adjective
July 07, 2015
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