\ ˈtēl How to pronounce teal (audio) \
plural teal or teals

Definition of teal

1 : teal blue
2 : any of various widely distributed small short-necked dabblers (genus Anas) — compare blue-winged teal, green-winged teal

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Some cabins will be decorated in plain colors, like a vibrant teal or purple, while the other gondolas feature characters from Disney movies and attractions. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World gondolas will open to guests in late September," 12 July 2019 Also in the lineup: a mesmerizing teal, a denim blue, and a ballet pink — all with a slight shimmer. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Chanel Just Dropped 6 Metallic Nail Polishes — & We Want Them All," 5 July 2019 The Sharks can’t re-sign all of these free agents — not without players taking sizable discounts to stay with the teal. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: What Erik Karlsson’s mega contract means for the Sharks," 17 June 2019 Orange, teal, and mustard yellow are only a few of the pops of color sprinkled into the new collection that also includes shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop The Looks From Rihanna's Second Release At Fenty," 24 June 2019 Iconic camera brand Leica does an instant film camera in the dreamiest of teals—perfect for snapping shots of sand castles, surf, and more. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "This Father’s Day, Take the Dads in Your Life to the Beach," 6 June 2019 Coraça concludes the tour with one of Princess Diana's favorite and most legendary looks: a teal Catherine Walker dress covered in sequins. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Royal Archives: A Look Back at the Most Iconic Royal Dresses," 30 May 2019 What was once a collection filled with blue-and-silver creams and ointments is now replaced with colorful tubs and tubes in a variety of soothing blues, greens, and teals. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Skinfix's Products Are Getting More Eco-Friendly Packaging — and Coming to Sephora," 19 Mar. 2019 Blues and teals are still selling well, Nancy added, but the rise of blush pink has made people more open to richer colors. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Warning: You're Going To Be Obsessed With These Two Color Trends," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of teal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for teal

Middle English tele; akin to Middle Dutch teling teal

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English Language Learners Definition of teal

: a small duck found in Europe and America
: a dark greenish-blue color


\ ˈtēl How to pronounce teal (audio) \

Kids Definition of teal

: a small wild duck of America and Europe

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