: a tall tropical Asian timber tree (Tectona grandis) of the vervain family
: the hard yellowish-brown wood of teak used especially for furniture and shipbuilding

Examples of teak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the homes feature teak detailing and local materials, such as the stone fireplace in the main residence. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2024 Each multilevel, 1,000-square-foot tree house features oversized windows for maximum natural light and views, lofty 20-foot ceilings, and 250-square-feet of outdoor space in the form of a private deck with teak furniture surrounding a fire pit. Devorah Lev-Tov, Travel + Leisure, 22 Jan. 2024 All-weather wicker is one of the most popular choices in the Chicago area, Williams says, but high-quality teak remains a classic. Marty Ross, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 These treatments are held in Sensei’s 10 Japanese-style teak hales with infrared saunas, oversized tubs, and private plunge pools, including two designed to accommodate floating aquatic body treatments. Melinda Fulmer, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 For generations, members of the community lived along the banks of the Pulangi river, under the shade of teak and mahogany trees. Peter S. Goodman Jes Aznar, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2023 Nearby, the clifftop resort and surfer haven Uluwatu Surf Villas (from $220) — where Kelly Slater often stays — recently completed an expansion with seven unique teak and ironwood villas that are temples of tropical modernism, and added a skatepark to boot. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2023 Dark teak wood floors and a plush four-poster king bed balance the all-white coffered walls decorating the suites. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2023 The top deck is crafted from synthetic teak and equipped with retractable handrails for quick and easy boarding. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of teak was in 1698

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Cite this Entry

“Teak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teak. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a tall timber tree of southeastern Asia
: the hard durable yellowish brown wood of a teak

called also teak*wood\ ˈtē-​ˌkwu̇d \

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