Meaning of IVORY in English


i ‧ vo ‧ ry /ˈaɪv ə ri/ BrE AmE noun ( plural ivories )

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: ivoire , from Latin ebor , from Egyptian ab 'elephant, ivory' ]

1 . [uncountable] the hard smooth yellowish-white substance from the ↑ tusk s (=long teeth) of an ↑ elephant :

an ivory chess set

2 . [uncountable] a yellowish-white colour:

an ivory silk wedding gown

3 . [countable often plural] something made of ivory, especially a small figure of a person or animal:

a collection of ivories

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