tur·​quoise | \ ˈtər-ˌkȯiz How to pronounce turquoise (audio) , -ˌkwȯiz \
variants: or less commonly turquois

Definition of turquoise

1 : a mineral that is a blue, bluish-green, or greenish-gray hydrous basic phosphate of copper and aluminum, takes a high polish, and is valued as a gem when sky blue
2 : a light greenish blue

Examples of turquoise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shoe rack is available in the turquoise that's shown plus three neutral shades. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 28 July 2022 Founded in New York in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has a long history of dazzling its customers with its showstopping jewels and engagement rings boxed in turquoise. Rosalind Jana, Vogue, 10 June 2022 This purse in turquoise is just big enough to carry the essentials like cellphone, keys, lip gloss, credit card and ID. Karen Jackson, Baltimore Sun, 8 Apr. 2022 Historically, turquoise has been a stone of kings and Shahs. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 17 June 2022 And, remember turquoise is also one of the birthstones for December garnet for January. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 But stand back enough so that light from the nearby screen hits them, and the ensemble goes from blue to turquoise to violet within seconds. The Indianapolis Star, 15 July 2022 My favorite details were the turquoise crystals along the underwire. Natalie Meade, Vogue, 14 July 2022 The club hosted a candlelight vigil for the family and encouraged attendees to wear turquoise or teal in honor of Chadwick. al, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turquoise

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turquoise

Middle English turkeys, from Anglo-French turkeise, from feminine of turkeis Turkish, from Turc Turk

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“Turquoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turquoise. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for turquoise


tur·​quoise | \ ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz \

Kids Definition of turquoise

: a blue to greenish gray mineral used in jewelry

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