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 As for the jewels themselves, soft or porous stones, including pearl, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and opal, are more vulnerable to damage and should not be exposed to any chemicals including hand sanitizer. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Can Hand Sanitizer Ruin Your Rings?," 6 July 2020 And when those festivals pop up along the white sands and turquoise waters of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the whole thing just gets better and better. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "10 Best Beach Festivals on Florida's Gulf Coast," 12 July 2020 An archipelago comprising around 100 islands in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is known for its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and verdant rainforests. Rebecca Ascher-walsh, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 Islands in Asia," 8 July 2020 The 5-quart size comes in red, turquoise and white. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop Macy’s Black Friday in July sale for major discounts on home goods and apparel," 8 July 2020 Frantic miners can then be seen racing uphill to escape as a towering pile of black waste cascades into a turquoise lake. Fox News, "Landslide at Myanmar jade mine triggers 'muddy wave,' killing over 160, shocking video shows," 6 July 2020 Vaulted beams and chandeliers hang over the formal great room and dining room, and other highlights include a bamboo garden, tile kitchen, formal study and step-down library with wood panels and turquoise carpet. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Norton Simon’s son sells Beverly Hills estate for $25 million," 2 July 2020 Aruba Aruba will start welcoming U.S. visitors to its turquoise waters on July 10, according to the Aruba Tourism Authority. Travel + Leisure, "Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? A Country-by-Country Guide," 1 July 2020 Backpackers and campers who visit the famous falls enter from the top of the canyon, hiking 8 miles down to the town of Supai and then several miles more to reach to the turquoise falls. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Havasu falls are off limits to river rafters during COVID lockdown, Havasupai Tribe says," 27 June 2020

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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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The first known use of turquoise was in the 14th century

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30 Jul 2020

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“Turquoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turquoise. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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