tur·quoise | \ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -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

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Lively showed off her tan and toned legs in a turquoise Marchesa minidress, plus she was decked in almost 200 carats of Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewelry. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Blake Lively Trades Ryan Reynolds for Christian Louboutin as 2018 Met Gala Date: See Her Dress!," 7 May 2018 An esoteric poet and believer of mystic spiritualism and religious syncretism, the eccentric Ms. Murillo always wears a multitude of turquoise rings. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Nicaragua’s Political Crisis Descends Into ‘Dark Days’," 6 June 2018 The Khadra sisters, Simi and Haze—twin DJs sitting front and center at Alex Wang—sported identical poppy-orange lips accompanied by tremendous sweeps of turquoise on their quartet of lids. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Why Shocking Neon Makeup Should Be Your Summer Beauty Strategy," 31 May 2018 Among the offerings are pieces made from vintage Persian turquoise from the 1950s and sparkling citrine and crystal set in rhodium. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Sézane brings its French style to a monthlong pop-up shop at the Grove," 7 Mar. 2018 In the family room, there's an ocean-blue sofa mixed with a swath of turquoise in the rug. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Kristin Kong on Decorating a Young Family's Elegant House," 2 Mar. 2015 The collection has since expanded into fine jewellery and this summer sees the launch of Diva Festa, a panoply of turquoise, cornelian, mother of pearl and diamond inspired by the baths. Alice B-b, A-LIST, "No Place Like Rome," 4 July 2018 Swimwear design has proven to be a natural fit for Fischer, who still remembers her first bathing suit: a turquoise ruffled one-piece that her mother bought for her in Paris. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Elsa Hosk–Approved Swimwear Line Is Made From Recycled Fishing Nets," 8 June 2018 The base is a soft rosy-plum, while the flip is an icy turquoise — almost green. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "This Is My Trick to Making Any Powder Eye Shadow Look Super Pigmented," 22 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of turquoise

: a bluish-green stone used in jewelry

: a bluish-green color


tur·quoise | \ˈtər-ˌkȯiz, -ˌkwȯiz\

Kids Definition of turquoise

: a blue to greenish gray mineral used in jewelry

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