\ˈtēl \
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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Many colors repeat: dark blue, orange, lavender, teal, and that mossy green in the dining room. Jen Renzi, House Beautiful, "Transforming a Traditional Tudor into a Youthful Family Home," 15 Jan. 2014 Today, Middleton and Prince William arrived together at the BBC station in London to continue their advocacy work during Anti-Bullying Week, and the Duchess made the case for high-impact teal and a higher hem. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Confirms the Knee-Length Dress Is a Classic," 15 Nov. 2018 The teal is back this weekend, and so are some past Marlins greats. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jeff Conine, Livan Hernandez among former Marlins attending 25th anniversary celebration," 5 June 2018 The camp’s roads can be bone-jarring even in a hulking SUV, and nearly impassable after a rainstorm, but they are still packed with merchants hawking just about everything in stalls painted upbeat turquoise and teal. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Watching Fed and Coric in various shades of Nike teal in the Halle final leads me to ask—do the players camps communicate so the athletes don’t wear the exact same thing? Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 While out and about modeling Kanye West’s latest Yeezy Season 8 collection this week, Kardashian West and Jenner paired their skin-tight monochromatic looks with different styles of teal, mauve and rose gold mirrored sunglasses. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "It Looks Like Kanye West Is Letting Kim Kardashian Wear Big Sunglasses Again," 14 June 2018 The clutches, wristlets, and convertible shoulder bags have been rendered in teal, apricot, and bois de rose satin and velvet and feature delicate, lingerie-like linings—that is, until now. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Blessed Be This Holy Handbag Capsule Collection Inspired by the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Inside the bar, the plaid booths and quirky hunting-lodge look of Boone are gone; the Lost Whale takes a midcentury-modern tack, with walls in orange and in a patterned metallic teal. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Lost Whale, a green bar, is opening June 28 in Bay View," 19 June 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


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Kids Definition of teal

: a small wild duck of America and Europe

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