sea·​shell | \ ˈsē-ˌshel \

Definition of seashell

: the shell of a marine animal and especially a mollusk

Examples of seashell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Picture the inside of a seashell bathed in gentle mood lighting. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "If You Buy Only One Palette This Year, Make It This," 29 Nov. 2018 Along with the perfect makeup, Lizzo also wore a replica of Ursula's necklace, some seashell earrings, and a long black dress. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lizzo Dressed Up as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” For Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018 Chinese architecture firm Open designed the unorthodox museum on the cusp of the sea, where its white facade is wedged into the sand like a series of giant seashells. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Otherworldly new museum is built into a sand dune," 17 Dec. 2018 Witch tip: Keep a painting of water, a blue bowl filled with seashells, or blue sea glass on an entry-way table to welcome peace into your home. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 Jenny chose an aqua and beige ocean theme for their cabin — decorating with glass floats, a sea-foam green wreath and tiny seashells for cabinet drawer pulls. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘The Property’: A family’s getaway cabin defined its dreams, until a tragic Sunday morning," 24 Sep. 2018 Few of us would call ourselves collectors, but most travelers have, at some point or other, bought a keychain, pocketed a seashell, or saved a ticket stub from a vacation. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "Souvenirs 101," 6 Apr. 2018 At this scale, huge geological patterns look like seashells, and mountain ranges resemble the branches of cherry trees, revealing the economical self-similarity of Nature’s designs. Steven Poole, WSJ, "What to Give: Science Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Stepping out with Prince Harry earlier in the day, Meghan wore a stunning wrap dress by Figue, which featured pom-pom and seashell details, as well as a striking, ruffled, asymmetrical hem. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Was Rushed by Security During Her Solo Visit to a Market in Suva," 24 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'seashell.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of seashell

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about seashell

Statistics for seashell

Last Updated

11 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for seashell

The first known use of seashell was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for seashell



English Language Learners Definition of seashell

: the hard, empty shell of a small sea creature (such as a clam)


sea·​shell | \ ˈsē-ˌshel \

Kids Definition of seashell

: the shell of a sea animal

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on seashell

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with seashell

Spanish Central: Translation of seashell

Nglish: Translation of seashell for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about seashell

Comments on seashell

What made you want to look up seashell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by fawning attentiveness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!