tur·​tle·​neck ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌnek How to pronounce turtleneck (audio)
: a high close-fitting turnover collar used especially for sweaters
: a garment (such as a sweater) with a turtleneck
turtlenecked adjective

Examples of turtleneck in a Sentence

She wore a turtleneck under her jacket.
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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of turtleneck was in 1897

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“Turtleneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turtleneck. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tur·​tle·​neck -ˌnek How to pronounce turtleneck (audio)
: a high turned-over collar (as of a sweater)
: a garment (as a sweater) with a turtleneck

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