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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Donald left this world chiseling turquoise out of rock with his bare hands. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Weaponized Amber Tamblyn," 8 July 2018 As PopSugar reports, options range from platform-soled low-tops doused in black sparkles to high-tops with silver glitter on one side, and standard canvas in turquoise, purple, yellow or black on the other. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Converse and Chiara Ferragni Collaborate on Glittery Sneaker Collection," 11 Nov. 2018 The color palette for the Retro line, which includes turquoise, Jadite Green and Pink Lemonade, is inspired by 1950s cars and kitchens. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 There’s a peak in the Peruvian Andes striped with turquoise, yellow, red and purple, like someone threw a giant colorful robe over the ridge. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Peru’s Rainbow Mountain Could Be in Danger Following Surge in Popularity," 4 May 2018 His home was 10 yards from the turquoise ocean waters, protected by a single tree. John Lyons, WSJ, "Survivors of Indonesian Quake and Tsunami Scrounge for Staples," 3 Oct. 2018 The current owners have embraced a retro color palette that pairs well with the warm panelling that appears throughout the home — except in the master bathroom, which makes a bold statement in turquoise. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A Quintessential Ranch Pairs History With Summer Style," 11 Aug. 2015 Tzuyu and Chaeyong, on the other hand, took on the boldest hues with deep turquoise and cherry red, respectively. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018 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

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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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