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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Rich hues like oxblood, paired with ivory, nudes, gold and an unexpected hit of turquoise felt just as spot-on as Maria Grazia Chiuri's debut Dior collection. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Wedding Colors For Spring," 17 Jan. 2017 The camp’s roads can be bone-jarring even in a hulking SUV, and nearly impassable after a rainstorm, but they are still packed with merchants hawking just about everything in stalls painted upbeat turquoise and teal. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 The colors are electric — purples, oranges, turquoises and bright yellows. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 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

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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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