Definition of ivory
1a : the hard creamy-white modified dentine that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal (such as an elephant, walrus, or narwhal)b : a tusk that yields ivory
2 : a variable color averaging a pale yellow
3 slang : tooth
4 : something (such as a piano key) made of ivory or of a similar substance
Examples of ivory in a Sentence
a carved piece of ivory
Recent Examples of ivory from the Web
My Flower Box provided the flowers, which were in the color scheme of blush, peach and ivory.
And for the big day, Andrews wore an ivory off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera gown, with what looks like a corset-style bodice, to exchange vows.
The First Lady chose a ivory stretch crepe dress with a colorful graphic check designed by Mary Katrantzou, who was born in Athens, Greece, but is currently based in London.
Ivan Hui, a Safeway produce clerk, noticed that the purple kohlrabi sold better than the regular kohlrabi, despite both having the same ivory white flesh on the inside.
No ivory tower scholar, Gossett collaborated with such singers as Marilyn Horne and Cecilia Bartoli on productions of early 19th century Italian operas, including Rossini's.
That said, the night’s best collections included senior Brittney Laycock’s chunky ivory knits paired with tapered leggings and dramatic coats soaked in oceanic blues.
A quick check there found plenty of lovely and suitable dresses with sleeves in white and Champagne (aka ivory).
In the past this was overcome just by the sheer force of the driver personalities overriding whatever was done in the ivory tower.
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The History of ivory
A hard white substance that is a variety of dentin, ivory makes up the tusks of such animals as elephants, walruses, and preserved mammoths. It is prized for its beauty, durability, and suitability for carving. In ancient times it was treasured as highly as gold and precious stones. Most ivory used commercially once came from Africa, but this trade declined in the 20th century as the populations of African elephants shrank, and increasing worldwide concern about endangered elephant populations led to bans on the export and import of ivory. The once-thriving markets of Europe have shifted to southeast Asia, where skilled artisans, often trading illegally, carve ivory into figurines and other objects.
Origin and Etymology of ivory
Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-French ivoire, ivurie, from Latin eboreus of ivory, from ebor-, ebur ivory, from Egypt ˒ʾb, ˒ʾbw elephant, ivory
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
IVORY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ivory for English Language Learners
: a hard white substance that forms the tusks of elephants and other animals
: a slightly yellowish white color
: a piano key
IVORY Defined for Kids
Definition of ivory for Students
1 : a hard creamy-white material that forms the tusks of mammals (as elephants)
2 : a creamy white color
Medical Definition of ivory
: the hard creamy-white modified dentin that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal and especially the elephant
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