Definition of turquoise in US English:

turquoise

noun

  • 1A greenish-blue color.

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

turquoise

/ˈtərˌk(w)ɔɪz//ˈtərˌk(w)oiz/