tur·​tle·​neck | \ ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌnek \

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 \ adjective

Examples of turtleneck in a Sentence

She wore a turtleneck under her jacket.

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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 So Happy’ Bryce Dallas Howard is standing together with the ladies on the Golden Globes red carpet showing her black turtleneck in an Instagram photo. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Stars Who Are Wearing Black to Support the #TimesUp Movement from Afar," 7 Jan. 2018 Kris, looking glamorous in a sheer white turtleneck paired with an intense smokey eye, now has bangs. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kris Jenner Got an Unexpected Hair Transformation With Long '60s Bangs," 8 Jan. 2019 There are some stellar fashion moments on the feed, including an image of Bessette-Kennedy with John F. Kennedy Jr. vacationing in the Hamptons—she in a turtleneck and corduroy bell-bottoms and he in a purple shirt, flame-print shorts, and sandals. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "For Rare Images of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Follow This Tribute Instagram," 26 Dec. 2018 But despite traveling to the 18th century with nothing but a compass and a ponytail, this turtleneck-loving bae has made it to America against all odds—and great news! Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Just Aired One of Its Most Difficult-to-Watch Episodes," 24 Dec. 2018 For the Prada Resort 2019 collection, model Julia Nobis wore a hulking ushanka, a tight-fitting black turtleneck T-shirt, and a long semi-sheer chocolate-brown skirt that showed the outline of her legs. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Let Us Reconsider the Long Skirt," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of turtleneck

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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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 \

Kids Definition of turtleneck

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

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