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

Illustration of teal

Illustration of teal
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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Also, what’s with the teal? Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 13 Feb. 2023 No teal? Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2022 Here, pops of trendy teal as well as a glitzy gold charger, flatware and mini pumpkins lend visual interest. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2022 With views of the Shard, the suite continues with a taupe color palette, yet there are pops of color with the teal dining chairs, the circular rug under the bed, or the black accented wall in the main bathroom that matches the black marble sink counter. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 The star then followed up with two more gowns by designer Tabik: one in royal blue and one in gold, both of which coordinated with the ceremony's purple-and-teal color palette. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 Stop by the North Ridgeville Academic Center (third grade teal studio), 34620 Bainbridge Road, from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and/or Dec. 10. cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 Mosques, madrassas, and mausoleums were festooned in teal and indigo mosaic tiles and crowned with the azure domes that became a signature of Central Asian architecture. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Nov. 2022 Nothing worked for the Mariners: not the navy-and-teal towels waving across T-Mobile Park; not a first pitch from their former ace, Félix Hernández; not Macklemore exhorting the fans from a luxury suite; not Mike McCready of Pearl Jam performing the national anthem on electric guitar. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2022 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 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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