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 Celine by Hedi Slimane offers a scoop of lemon-fresh bouclé tweed with golden buttons, while Bottega Veneta’s slim knit suit is equally vibrant in turquoise. WSJ, "8 Ways to Do Sporty French-Girl Style," 20 Apr. 2021 Some mirrors were also inlaid with jade, turquoise and mother-of-pearl. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Trove of 2,000-Year-Old Bronze Mirrors Found in Ancient Chinese Cemetery," 15 Apr. 2021 The indices of each are enameled Roman numerals in turquoise (for the white gold), coral (for the yellow gold) and burgundy for the Everose; a polished alligator strap dyed to match the indexes secures each watch to your wrist. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "Rolex Just Unveiled 16 New Watches for 2021, Including a New Daytona and Two Explorers," 7 Apr. 2021 The blue chairs in the den play off the kitchen’s standout feature: the three-dimensional glass tile backsplash in sea-worthy turquoise. BostonGlobe.com, "How they brought a 1970s deck house back to its mid-century modern-style glory," 26 Mar. 2021 The special Tove Lo Edition features a glittery fuchsia headband with iridescent turquoise and fuchsia ear cups. Tim Chan, Billboard, "5 Pairs of Musician-Endorsed Headphones You Can Get Online," 22 Apr. 2021 Set on a narrow whisp of land in northern Formentera, Playa de Ses Illetes's gleaming gold sand is washed by turquoise shallows on both sides. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, "25 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World," 12 Apr. 2021 The female passenger was last seen wearing a turquoise top. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Shots fired at Detroit fire truck leaving for emergency run," 11 Apr. 2021 The organizers called off the races because of a lack of wind, but the participants made the most of the day by anchoring near each other in a turquoise bay. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "New Zealand’s Millennium Cup Regatta Was Halted, So Race Crews Swam With the Dolphins Instead," 1 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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The first known use of turquoise was in the 14th century

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8 May 2021

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“Turquoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turquoise. Accessed 13 May. 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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