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 skyblue
2 : a light greenish blue
Recent Examples of turquoise from the Web
The five paintings here benefit from formal continuity: Each centers on a large backyard swimming pool, its turquoise water edged in white stone and chaise longues and backed by sharp green grass and green-black shrubs.
Polish pianist Julia Kociuban opened the 15th Van Cliburn Piano International Competition on Thursday with an E-flat chord — wearing a sparkling turquoise dress before a crowd that filled about half of Bass Performance Hall.
Similarly, a black-and-white photo of the Obama family outperformed the default turquoise image by 13.1 percent.
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Origin and Etymology of turquoise
Middle English turkeys, from Anglo-French turkeise, from feminine of turkeis Turkish, from Turc Turk
First Known Use: 14th century
TURQUOISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turquoise for English Language Learners
: a bluish-green stone used in jewelry
: a bluish-green color
TURQUOISE Defined for Kids
Definition of turquoise for Students
: a blue to greenish gray mineral used in jewelry
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