Definition of turquoise in English:

turquoise

noun

mass noun
  • 1A greenish-blue colour.

    as modifier ‘the turquoise waters of the bay’
    • ‘The magnificent rock verticals, lush meadows and turquoise waters left me literally breathless.’
    • ‘He was cute, especially with the turquoise colored eyes.’
    • ‘Her turquoise blue eyes danced in the moonlight.’
    • ‘Leave winter behind for warm sandy beaches, coral reefs, and bright turquoise waters filled with colorful fish.’
    • ‘The mountains were my back garden and the turquoise sea was my paddling pool.’
    • ‘The expanse of green, turquoise and blue water opened up before me, stretching to the horizon.’
    • ‘Her long turquoise dress hung down to her feet with a black trench coat covering.’
    • ‘These islands are blessed with exotic beauty of turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches.’
    • ‘She'd grown her hair out longer and she was wearing a turquoise dress.’
    • ‘They had landed on a crystalline, turquoise lake that was glassy smooth.’
    • ‘The main attraction, however, is the turquoise lagoons.’
    • ‘I would immerse myself in the clear turquoise waters and savour the soothing feel of the warm ocean.’
    • ‘Turquoise seas, white sands and blue skies… It could only be Fiji.’
    • ‘The cliffs drop down to secluded bays with jagged rocks and turquoise water.’
    • ‘Immersing myself in the clear turquoise Sardinian sea became a daily fix.’
    • ‘The splashback area and floor are covered with hand-painted Italian tiles in dark turquoise and terracotta.’
    • ‘The turquoise water sparkled in the brilliant sunlight, dazzling the four birds as they hopped across the warm wet sand towards it.’
    • ‘The sun lit their faces and a turquoise sea rippled behind them.’
    • ‘The sea was a deep turquoise, and the sun was still shining brightly.’
    • ‘Underneath her sweater she wore a long shirt that was bright turquoise and had gold stars on it.’
    sky-blue, azure, cobalt, cobalt blue, sapphire, cerulean, navy, navy blue, saxe, saxe blue, oxford blue, cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, teal, teal blue, cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea
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  • 2A semi-precious stone, typically opaque and of a greenish-blue or sky-blue colour, consisting of a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium.

    • ‘Rhoda had gotten her a pair of dangly earrings with tiny clunky turquoise chunks hanging from it.’
    • ‘He has long, black braids and wears a large silver bracelet with turquoise.’
    • ‘The report that small pieces of turquoise washed off the hills onto the streets after a heavy rain is not exactly true.’
    • ‘Years ago, people would come to these shrines to leave offerings of turquoise, jade and silver for the gods.’
    • ‘Precious stones like turquoise and lapis lazuli came from the West and silk from China via Central Asia.’
    • ‘The mine attracted notice because of the discovery of turquoise crystals.’
    • ‘Slipping on a matching chunky turquoise bangle, she walked out into the hall.’
    • ‘In the middle of the sword was a turquoise dragon-shaped jewel, much like the one on his shield.’
    • ‘She'd received a set of green turquoise earrings six months ago, for her Christmas present.’
    • ‘To help remind myself not to drink, I am wearing a silver and turquoise bracelet.’
    • ‘She was wearing baggy black drawstring pants, a maroon sweater, and turquoise jewelry.’
    • ‘Some jewels, such as turquoise, traditionally had a sacred value, beyond adornment.’
    • ‘It is the kind of restaurant that requires you to wear a black polo neck, and lots of big, turquoise jewellery.’
    • ‘Even then, cocoa was a cash crop, the seeds traded for gold, silver, turquoise, maize, oil, beans, incense and cotton.’
    • ‘Each exquisite creation is studded with semi precious stones like turquoise, amethyst, pearls and corals.’
    • ‘The ship landed in the Land of Midian to trade corn for copper and turquoise, and there, Moses slipped away from the rest of the crew.’
    • ‘Everything is adorned with gold, ruby, turquoise, emeralds and more gold.’
    • ‘He wore heavy turquoise Navajo jewelry with one single giant platinum and diamond ring.’
    • ‘This site is one of the four recognized commercial turquoise deposits in Colorado.’
    • ‘Their lands are known for delicate gold work and abundance of gemstones, especially turquoise.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French turqueise ‘Turkish (stone)’.

Pronunciation

turquoise

/ˈtəːkwɔɪz//ˈtəːkwɑːz/