[ ahy-vuh-ree, ahy-vree ]
/ ˈaɪ və ri, ˈaɪ vri /

noun, plural i·vo·ries.


consisting or made of ivory.
of the color ivory.

Origin of ivory

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French ivurie < Latin eboreus (adj.), equivalent to ebor- (stem of ebur) ivory + -eus adj. suffix; see -eous


i·vo·ry·like, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for ivory

British Dictionary definitions for ivory (1 of 2)

/ (ˈaɪvərɪ, -vrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

  1. a hard smooth creamy white variety of dentine that makes up a major part of the tusks of elephants, walruses, and similar animals
  2. (as modifier)ivory ornaments
a tusk made of ivory
  1. a yellowish-white colour; cream
  2. (as adjective)ivory shoes
a substance resembling elephant tusk
an ornament, etc, made of ivory
black ivory obsolete Black slaves collectively
See also ivories

Derived forms of ivory

ivory-like, adjective

Word Origin for ivory

C13: from Old French ivurie, from Latin evoreus made of ivory, from ebur ivory; related to Greek elephas ivory, elephant

British Dictionary definitions for ivory (2 of 2)

/ (ˈaɪvərɪ) /


James. born 1928, US film director. With the producer Ismael Merchant, his films include Shakespeare Wallah (1964), Heat and Dust (1983), A Room With a View (1986), and The Golden Bowl (2000)

Scientific definitions for ivory

[ īvə-rē ]

The hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance forming the teeth and tusks of certain animals, such as the tusks of elephants and walruses and the teeth of certain whales. Ivory is composed of dentin.