tur·​tle·​neck | \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌnek How to pronounce turtleneck (audio) \

Definition of turtleneck

1 : a high close-fitting turnover collar used especially for sweaters
2 : a garment (such as a sweater) with a turtleneck

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Other Words from turtleneck

turtlenecked \ ˈtər-​tᵊl-​ˌnekt How to pronounce turtlenecked (audio) \ adjective

Examples of turtleneck in a Sentence

She wore a turtleneck under her jacket.

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After months of bundling up underneath turtlenecks and puffer coats, the countdown to our spring and summer wardrobe is finally on. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Brazilian Brand Is About to Become Every Fashion Girl’s Favorite," 19 Mar. 2019 In the post, Miley shared a photo of herself as a little kid wearing —you guessed it—a black turtleneck and black leather mini skirt. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Has Been Wearing The Same Exact Outfit Since She Was a Kid," 7 Dec. 2018 Kendall paired her turtleneck with tonal leather skinny pants, and EmRata wore hers as a dress with teal snakeskin print boots. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Looks Edgy in Snake Earrings and Leather Pants to Watch Ben Simmons Play Ball," 31 Jan. 2019 In classic Kylie fashion, the reality star went all out for the big game, opting for a voluminous fur coat with white, black, and gray patches over a dark turtleneck. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Watch the Super Bowl in the Cutest Way Possible," 4 Feb. 2019 Folded down, the turtleneck looks like an average item in your winter wardrobe. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Wear This Sweater and No One Will Bother You, Ever," 9 Jan. 2017 Meghan and Harry were spotted landing in Australia yesterday, with the Duke in a gray sweater and the Duchess in a black and maroon coat over a turtleneck and pants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Steps Out After Pregnancy Announcement," 15 Oct. 2018 Players will certainly layer their apparel more rigorously for cold contests, with fleece turtlenecks a popular option and plenty of sweat-wicking cold-weather gear to keep players dry. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 Both actresses are fresh-faced and relaxed, Humes in Uggs and a white turtleneck, Holmes in all black. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Had the Sweetest Mini-'Dawson's Creek' Reunion over the Holidays," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of turtleneck

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of turtleneck

US : a high collar that covers most of your neck even when the collar is folded over itself also : a knit shirt or sweater with this kind of collar


tur·​tle·​neck | \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌnek How to pronounce turtleneck (audio) \

Kids Definition of turtleneck

1 : a high turned-over collar
2 : a garment having a high turned-over collar

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