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 latter comes with direct access to the island's pristine white-sand beaches, and the overwater villas, which are arranged in an oval shape to represent the flow of island life, surround an epic spa set above the turquoise lagoon. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2021 The turquoise sandals, which have a brown heel and straps and white buttons, got destroyed when Aidan’s Brittany spaniel dragged them into Carrie’s bathroom and began gnawing on them. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 25 May 2021 The scene is viewed from above: Eight women in white halter bathing suits and matching swim caps form geometric shapes in a pristine turquoise swimming pool. CNN, 25 May 2021 The turquoise category means the theaters could reopen under a 33% capacity. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 In April, Cardi B debuted her take on the trend with a lace unit that fades beautifully from a light gray to a turquoise hue and then a deeper cobalt blue. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 22 May 2021 Day after day, boats would flock to Bottom Harbor and tourists would hop into its shallow turquoise waters holding squid morsels in their hands or on wooden skewers. New York Times, 11 May 2021 The house welcomes with a turquoise shiplap ceiling and a pair of teal lamps on the credenza. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2021 The smooth cylindrical bottle with its trademark turquoise text resembled an actual ivory tower. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Turquoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turquoise. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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