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 beach offers calm, clear and shallow turquoise water for swimmers of all ages, and lifeguards are posted year-round. Cassie Armstrong, orlandosentinel.com, "We’ve got a beach for that," 28 Mar. 2021 In celebration of the 50th anniversary of her signature wrist-hugging Bone Cuff, Tiffany launched fresh versions, including some with stones of turquoise and jade. NBC News, "Famed Tiffany jewelry designer Elsa Peretti dead at age 80," 20 Mar. 2021 The Setai, situated in the heart of Miami Beach, is just steps from the white sand and turquoise water. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, "21 Babymoon Ideas for Every Type of Traveler," 6 Mar. 2021 The idyllic white beaches with turquoise water, the sunrises and sunsets, and spending the days diving to see the Manta Rays, the Whale Sharks, turtles, dolphins and just an array of sea life and corals. Bill Springer, Forbes, "Influential Women In The Superyacht Industry: Liz Cox Of Cecil Wright & Partners," 5 Mar. 2021 Gin-clear turquoise water lapping on sugar-white sandy beaches. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Home of the Week: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Private Island in the Bahamas Lists for $35 Million," 2 Mar. 2021 Off in the distance Chowdhury could make out the grass tennis courts and shimmer of turquoise water in the swimming pool. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part V: Sailing Into Darkness," 23 Feb. 2021 The country’s Caribbean coast, a great source of national pride with its turquoise water and white-sand beaches, has been damaged by at least four large oil spills this year — an unprecedented number, according to Venezuelan biologists. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, "Venezuela, Once an Oil Giant, Reaches the End of an Era," 7 Oct. 2020 Days can be spent learning to kite surf, planning whale shark diving excursions to adjacent Mafia Island or enjoying the shimmering turquoise sea where the water temperature seldom dips below 80 degrees. Darren Humphreys, Travel + Leisure, "How to Enjoy the Charms of Zanzibar, According to a Travel + Leisure A-List Advisor," 12 Mar. 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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“Turquoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turquoise. Accessed 13 Apr. 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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