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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turtlenecked \ˈtər-tᵊl-ˌnekt \ adjective

Examples of turtleneck in a Sentence

She wore a turtleneck under her jacket.

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Eschewing the more traditional black-tie look, the five-time Super Bowl winner, 40, opted for a Versace tuxedo featuring a black turtleneck underneath a jacket featuring elaborate gold embroidering on the lapel. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Tom Brady Says Gisele Bündchen Picked Out His Met Gala Outfit — and People Can't Stop Mocking It," 8 May 2018 Clay was very much a kind of Upper East Side debonair man-about-town, living in a big duplex, and Milton was very much downtown, an artist in turtlenecks and very long, wild hair. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "The Birth of New York Magazine, Told by the People Who Made It," 8 Apr. 2018 Wearing a black turtleneck and her blond hair pulled into a ponytail, Swift strapped on a black acoustic guitar and launched into the pop song with a fervor reminiscent of an arena show. Cindy Watts, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift surprises fans (and shoots whiskey!) at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe," 1 Apr. 2018 With her spur-of-the-moment turtleneck, Ms. Stone went a long way to democratizing the stark minimalism that designers like Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang were sanctifying in the ’90s. Rory Satran, WSJ, "How to Get Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s Radically Simple Style," 11 Apr. 2018 The actress paired the skirt with a white turtleneck and curled hair, as well as dark eyeshadow and pink lipgloss. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Karlie Kloss and Her 'Girl Crush' Millie Bobby Brown Matched in White Leather Jackets at NYFW," 14 Feb. 2018 Fast-forward 1o years and the turtleneck has re-emerged as the style swerve to upgrade any outfit. Sabir Peele, Esquire, "How the Turtleneck Made Its Massive Style Comeback," 1 Feb. 2018 And please peep the pinky ring and gold chain on DiCaprio's mustard turtleneck. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Just Instagrammed The First Look At Their Charles Manson Movie," 27 June 2018 But the addition of a wetsuit-like turtleneck on top feels revolutionary. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "10 Menswear Trends That Are Going to Be Really, Truly, Unbelievably Huge Next Spring," 27 June 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

: 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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