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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Years later, people would mistake an elementary school snapshot of Andy — clad in a turtleneck and plaid pants, the unofficial uniform of the 1970s — for one of Dakota. Freep.com, "Livonia dad torments himself every day over his son's final hours," 16 June 2019 Wool and cotton were the materials of choice for years, in turtlenecks and sweaters to more modern jerseys. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 But after what felt like a lifetime spent layering turtlenecks and sweaters, making the transition to warm weather clothes can feel overwhelming. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "27 Looks We're Trying Out In June," 4 June 2019 At the presentation, Siriboe wore a navy turtleneck and threw a denim Off-White safety vest overtop. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Why Kofi Siriboe Is the New Front Row Star to Watch," 16 Jan. 2019 Everything was an appearance: the black turtlenecks and the deep voice and the glammed up look and everything. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "She saw through Elizabeth Holmes. Now Stanford professor is star in Theranos saga.," 3 June 2019 In February, the brand apologized and removed from its online and physical stores a turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater that could be pulled over the chin and nose. Anita Snow, The Seattle Times, "Sikhs say Nordstrom apologized for turban, waiting for Gucci," 19 May 2019 Kardashian West opted for a minimalist black turtleneck and Nike’s City Ready black leggings, adding an elevated touch with puffed knee-high boots. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Nail Post-Met Chill," 8 May 2019 High-rise with an oversized ruffle running down the side, Thompson’s jeans took her black-turtleneck-and-boots combo to the next level. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Tessa Thompson Tests Out the Season’s Trickiest Denim Trend," 30 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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