plural teal or teals
: any of various widely distributed small short-necked dabblers (genus Anas) compare blue-winged teal, green-winged teal

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Examples of teal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kettle is printed with flowers that mimic a spring garden and has a bright teal handle for an extra pop of color. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 Sophie Turner sported a chic teal one-piece bathing suit with a delicate ruffle on the set of her upcoming ITVX series, Joan. Celeste McCauley, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 At Baby2Baby Gala At the Los Angeles gala, Ayesha Curry donned a sleek teal and dark blue gown by Alberta Ferretti. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 13 Nov. 2023 Hill and her band were constantly shrouded by purple and red or teal and purple and other hues that evoked royalty. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 18 Oct. 2023 The lamp also comes in a beautiful range of colors like matte black, matte teal, matte pink, and brass. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2023 Combine teal or turquoise with buttery yellow for a result that’s reminiscent of sunny skies and ocean waves, or pair it with black for a bold and contemporary aesthetic. Colleen Sullivan, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2023 Here mustard and teals make for a special setting for an intimate Thanksgiving dinner. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Sep. 2023 Mixed with rich teals and deep purples, the green becomes autumnal. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English tele; akin to Middle Dutch teling teal

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of teal was in the 14th century

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“Teal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teal. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural teal or teals
: any of various small short-necked ducks

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