Definition of ivory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈaɪvəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪvəri//
    (pl. ivories)
    jump to other results
  1. 1 [uncountable] a hard yellowish-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. 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. 3 [uncountable] a yellowish-white colour
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French ivurie, based on Latin ebur.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ivory