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 turtleneck (audio) \ adjective

Examples of turtleneck in a Sentence

She wore a turtleneck under her jacket.
Recent Examples on the Web In the photo, James Brown is looking his best, smiling widely, standing in front of a soft-top sedan and wearing a black turtleneck shirt, gold necklace and blue sport coat. Chris Varias, The Enquirer, 5 June 2021 Add a pop of color to your wardrobe that can be paired with basics year-round, from a chic black turtleneck during the winter to a breezy tank in the summer. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 18 May 2021 Harris pulled on his white turtleneck sweater and red velvet jacket for the evening celebration. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 3 May 2021 The capsule collection will cost between $98 (for a ribbed mock-turtleneck cotton jersey tank) and $298 (for the jacket), and sizes run from 12 to 26. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021 In fact, the pop star went all-out glam for a pair of two-song sets, wearing a floor-length, long-sleeve black velvet turtleneck gown with a feather-duster train, topped off with a chunky chain-link diamond necklace and a sleek black hairstyle. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 26 Apr. 2021 Back in February, Chrissy Teigen, who loves floral print dresses, posted a photo of herself next to a painting in a black coat, a white turtleneck, black mules, and a hulking mahogany brown bag. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2021 Add a preppy edge to your white sneakers by pairing them with an oversized blazer and a turtleneck. Cassandra Hogan, Town & Country, 17 Feb. 2021 Her Reiss turtleneck — which is fitted, ribbed, and made of wool and alpaca — is (somehow) still available in every size at Nordstrom for $180. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 19 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Turtleneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turtleneck. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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