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.
Recent Examples on the Web As Dede struggles not to overthink, Payton has his game face on and that black turtleneck. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Politician Season 2 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-7," 24 June 2020 The normally dark-suited Harris returned that day wearing a bright-pink blazer paired with a black turtleneck. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Spotlight on Kamala Harris exposes solitude of black women at top of politics," 20 June 2020 One boy, wearing a white turtleneck, eagerly seizes the other boy’s hand and gnaws on it. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 Like a blonde tyrannosaurus in a very fancy turtleneck. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of New York City," 29 May 2020 Gunn, meanwhile, is in a turtleneck and—gasp!—jeans. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum Are Just as Unfashionable as You When They WFH," 3 Apr. 2020 Donning a white hard hat, Trump fashionably overlooked blueprints with contractors at the construction site in a black turtleneck dress that featured flared sleeves. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump wears hard hat to check on new White House tennis court; Twitter not happy," 6 Mar. 2020 Clad in a tan turtleneck and plaid jacket, Butler’s look is worlds away from the tees-and-hoodies aesthetic of his characters. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Ross Butler Wants To Show Asian Actors Can Play More Than The ‘Best Friend’," 19 Feb. 2020 Steve's smiling wide, but Ben is wearing a turtleneck and obviously less confident. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Dead To Me Season 2 Recap," 9 May 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Turtleneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turtleneck. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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