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

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Kendall opted for a more casual look, pairing a black teddy coat, black turtleneck, grey jeans, and dad-style sneakers, with a turquoise and gold hat. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore a Tiny Paper Hat for Her 23rd Birthday," 5 Nov. 2018 Her signature bags, in brilliant shades of pink, turquoise, and blue, were scattered about; excess fabric had been tacked onto them to create a fun texture. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Step Into the Colorful World of Marta Rios, the Spaniard Hand-Quilting Dresses and Bags," 7 Mar. 2019 Trees look best in lights that: are one color, two colors or three colors, typically in the same family, like dark blue, pale blue and turquoise. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "Holiday Entertaining Tips From the Party Planner to Presidents," 16 Nov. 2018 Over the years, the singer has worn her hair in various eye-popping hues, like hot pink, bright blonde, and turquoise. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Called Out People Who Said Her Natural Hair “Looked Like a Wig”," 12 Aug. 2018 But a recent geochemical analysis of Aztec and Mixtec turquoise suggests that the mineral did not originate in the American Southwest, but rather in Mesoamerica. New York Times, "Aztec Turquoise Tiles May Solve a Mesoamerican Mystery," 13 June 2018 Nothing stokes wanderlust quite like a colorful photo, and some of the world’s most beautiful cities are awash in turquoise, lavender, golden yellows, and more. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 On his head perched a turquoise hat with suit buttons stitched around the crown. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 Kate Middleton wore a turquoise Emilia Wickstead dress (recycled from an appearance in 2014), paired with black heels from LK Bennet. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Chose a Turquoise Emilia Wickstead Dress for a Visit to the BBC," 15 Nov. 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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