Definition of turquoise in English:



  • 1A greenish-blue color.

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

    • ‘The mine attracted notice because of the discovery of turquoise crystals.’
    • ‘This site is one of the four recognized commercial turquoise deposits in Colorado.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the kind of restaurant that requires you to wear a black polo neck, and lots of big, turquoise jewellery.’
    • ‘Rhoda had gotten her a pair of dangly earrings with tiny clunky turquoise chunks hanging from it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even then, cocoa was a cash crop, the seeds traded for gold, silver, turquoise, maize, oil, beans, incense and cotton.’
    • ‘He has long, black braids and wears a large silver bracelet with turquoise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slipping on a matching chunky turquoise bangle, she walked out into the hall.’
    • ‘Years ago, people would come to these shrines to leave offerings of turquoise, jade and silver for the gods.’
    • ‘He wore heavy turquoise Navajo jewelry with one single giant platinum and diamond ring.’
    • ‘The report that small pieces of turquoise washed off the hills onto the streets after a heavy rain is not exactly true.’
    • ‘Each exquisite creation is studded with semi precious stones like turquoise, amethyst, pearls and corals.’
    • ‘Precious stones like turquoise and lapis lazuli came from the West and silk from China via Central Asia.’
    • ‘Their lands are known for delicate gold work and abundance of gemstones, especially turquoise.’
    • ‘To help remind myself not to drink, I am wearing a silver and turquoise bracelet.’
    • ‘Everything is adorned with gold, ruby, turquoise, emeralds and more gold.’


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