- 1 [uncountable] a hard yellow-white substance like bone that forms the tusks (= long teeth) of elephants and some other animals a ban on the ivory trade an ivory chess set
- 2[countable] an object made of ivory a priceless collection of ivories He had a good set of ivories (= teeth). Of an evening she would entertain them by tinkling the ivories (= playing the piano).
- 3 [uncountable] a yellow-white color
NAmE//ˈaɪvri//, NAmE//ˈaɪvəri//(pl. ivories)