tear·​drop ˈtir-ˌdräp How to pronounce teardrop (audio)
: something shaped like a dropping tear
specifically : a pendent gem (as on an earring)

Examples of teardrop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When closed, the support plates under the display crease swing out of the way, allowing the bent-over display to sit more loosely in a teardrop shape rather than crushing it into a hard crease. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 26 July 2023 In contrast to its rigid square border, a softness is found from the stems that flow in and out of each other, blossoming flowers and teardrops like loose petals. Astrid Kayembe, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023 The two-pack comes with two pairs of gold hoops, one a hammered teardrop and the other a beaded style. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 Sri Lanka, a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, is one of the most biodiverse places in the world, dotted with lush jungles, grasslands, forests, and savannas. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 21 Oct. 2023 That is a very intentional profile, a teardrop shape selected to give what Lexus says will be a remarkable drag coefficient of less than 0.20. Tim Stevens, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2023 Nintendo 3:22 Zelda in a flowing dress (and sporting two teardrop tattoos on her face) clings tightly to the Master Sword. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023 Kardashian paired her simple look with a bold statement necklace made of colorful gemstones and teardrop pearls interlocked with gold hardware composed of Chanel logos. Nikki Dobrin, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 It’s got single teardrops running down cheeks, a taste for nooks of the historical record left unknown and a big heart. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of teardrop was in 1776

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“Teardrop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teardrop. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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tear·​drop ˈti(ə)r-ˌdräp How to pronounce teardrop (audio)
: something (as a pendent gem) shaped like a dropping tear

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