Definition of turtleneck in English:



  • 1A high, round, close-fitting neck on a knitted garment.

    [as modifier] ‘a cream turtleneck sweater’
    • ‘My mother's face was flushed from the roots of her hair, to the collar of her turtleneck shirt.’
    • ‘She went to her wardrobe and changed her top to a loose turtleneck blouse, to keep her warm.’
    • ‘Clothing worn from home (eg, undershirts, turtleneck shirts) should be contained completely within or covered by the surgical attire.’
    • ‘I changed into a pair of black jeans and a white turtleneck tee shirt.’
    • ‘Looking in my closet, I chose a pair of black jeans, a turtleneck sleeveless purple top and sneakers.’
    • ‘Since the neck is covered from the top to the collarbone, turtlenecks are usually worn to keep your neck warm in colder climates.’
    • ‘A grey turtleneck collar protruded from beneath his shoulderplates, covering his neck.’
    • ‘He always has a black hat and often a black turtleneck sweater.’
    • ‘She is pretty in an understated way dressed mostly in dark winter clothing, a black turtleneck sweater and her dark brown hair cascading down her shoulders.’
    • ‘He was wearing a black, skin-tight turtleneck tee with a cream colored scarf wrapped around his neck.’
    • ‘There's no way I am going to lift that heavy metal rail cover, climb in in my sleeveless turtleneck top + pencil skirt + heels ensemble, to retrieve that bunch of keys.’
    • ‘Yes physical abuse leaves marks or scars but the woman can cover them up with long sleeves or a turtleneck jumper - is that the word for those jumpers still?’
    • ‘He sat on it again, wearing a normal turtleneck shirt and jeans this time.’
    • ‘She wore a long sleeve shirt, dark brown, with a turtleneck collar.’
    • ‘Her boots were midway between construction and army, her skirt was below knee-length and cut on the sides, the turtleneck shirt flexible yet hugging.’
    • ‘It's one design museum where you don't need a turtleneck sweater and a pair of hornrims to appreciate the power of plastic in changing our lives.’
    • ‘She had on a purple turtleneck sweater over two long sleeve shirts.’
    • ‘For one thing, she had her long, straight, blonde hair down and she was dressed up in a red turtleneck sweater and dressy black slacks.’
    • ‘He was wearing a black turtleneck shirt under a long, leather black trench coat which flapped behind him as he walked.’
    • ‘He is sure this is about Buffy and he nearly fell off the desk when Riley pulled a gold ring out of the zippered pocket of the turtleneck sweater he wore.’
    1. 1.1A sweater with a turtleneck.
      • ‘They never tell a guy he should wear turtlenecks because his neck is too large.’
      • ‘Classic cashmere turtlenecks, easy pant suits and fluid evening dresses were his style.’
      • ‘Classical pieces like v necked sweaters and turtlenecks are timeless.’
      • ‘With two sweaters, three turtlenecks, earmuffs and a scarf, I had everything I needed for a wonderful European vacation.’
      • ‘Match these with anything from a navy turtleneck to a black button-down shirt, or even with a shirt in the brown family.’
      • ‘Throw on a cable knit turtleneck, a smart scarf, and you've got an uncomplicated, sexy look.’
      • ‘Similarly to turtlenecks, V-necks should be avoided if the nature of an event is too formal.’
      • ‘After a musical and verbal introduction, Ram Dass, who sat in a wheelchair wearing a pink turtleneck and round sunglasses, leaned toward the mike and began to speak.’
      • ‘His ‘chic beatnik’ look - a black leather jacket, knit turtleneck, high boots - is a street favourite today.’
      • ‘Wear your dress with a knit turtleneck and you look both warm and trendy.’
      • ‘Stylish V-necks, crew necks and turtlenecks will all look great under a sassy suit.’
      • ‘Cardigans, turtlenecks, sweatshirts with hoods and tapered shirts with snap-on collars also appear in the collection.’
      • ‘I only look sexy fully clothed, in long sleeves and turtlenecks and mittens and snow shoes.’
      • ‘Everybody and their sister used to wear these back when many of us were in preppy Izod shirts, turtlenecks, and monogrammed sweaters.’
      • ‘But in reality, knitwear is so much more than that - it includes a wide array of pullovers, turtlenecks and cardigans, among other items.’
      • ‘Hanging on the wall behind him is a whole wardrobe of clothes I wouldn't buy in a million years - all velvets and turtlenecks and skin-hugging wool knits - and he says he's not here to change me.’
      • ‘Then she scratched at the woolen turtleneck that made her shoulders itch slightly.’
      • ‘He was wearing a turtleneck, no clerical collar.’
      • ‘I unbuttoned the blouse I was wearing and pulled on the turtleneck and sweater.’
      • ‘She'd dressed for a casual hike: sensible shoes, long silk underwear, jeans - which she was proud to still fit into - a turtleneck, a wool sweater, and an anorak.’
    2. 1.2
      North American term for polo neck