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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While neither Pippa nor Kate's green turtleneck dresses are available to shop online, Neiman Marcus and Joseph have similar styles to shop now for less. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled Another One of Kate's Maternity Looks at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Bella has been championing the tone, both on the arm of Kendall herself while in Paris, as well as just this week in an orange turtleneck sweater dress. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Went Braless In a See-Through Orange Turtleneck," 10 Oct. 2018 Decked out in a shimmering red turtleneck dress, the singer turned actress greeted the audience after a brief introduction from Tyler Oakley. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Watch Lady Gaga Tear Up While Surprising Fans at A Star Is Born Screening," 4 Oct. 2018 But she was dressed in a black turtleneck sweater and black wool pants and did not appear hot. Christina Boufis, Woman's Day, "FYI or TMI?," 5 Nov. 2010 The late Steve Jobs’ iconic uniform of black turtleneck and blue jeans — sans tie, of course — inspired many a think piece, and a generation of techies followed suit (good luck spotting a tie on the Facebook campus). Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "Citing health study, Lancaster mayor wants to ban workplace necktie requirements for city employees," 12 July 2018 Markle wore a two-tone J.Crew navy coat, an AllSaints knit cream turtleneck, and T by Alexander Wang cropped pants, and accessorized with an Altuzarra handbag. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Finally Wore J.Crew (And Yes, It’s Sold Out Now)," 8 Mar. 2018 Kendall, meanwhile, wore a black turtleneck top with lace sleeves. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "New Mom Kylie Jenner Has a Girls' Night Out with BFF Jordyn and Sisters Kourtney and Kendall," 23 Mar. 2018 For many guys, rolling up to, say, a Friday night poker game or the movies wearing a black turtleneck is a challenging style move. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The Black Turtleneck Is Still Undefeated," 9 Feb. 2018

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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

: 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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