noun, plural i·vo·ries.
- the keys of a piano or of a similar keyboard instrument.
- ivory black,
- ivory coast,
- ivory exostosis,
- ivory gull,
- ivory nut
Origin of ivory
Examples from the Web for ivories
He dated all his private correspondence from it, and spent hundreds of daylight hours above the ivories and the pasteboard.Young Mr. Barter's Repentance|David Christie Murray
We are confirmed in this idea by the fact that none of these ivories are unique or isolated works of art.A History of Art in Chalda & Assyria, v. 1|Georges Perrot
"It don't seem no time at all sence you all was boys at Putnam Hall," and he grinned broadly, showing a mouthful of ivories.The Rover Boys on a Tour|Arthur M. Winfield
Rebecca laughed most musically, thus disclosing two brilliant rows of ivories.Cape Cod Folks|Sarah P. McLean Greene
He heard the raving chatter of ivories, snapping to rend him.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
pl n slang
noun plural -ries
- a hard smooth creamy white variety of dentine that makes up a major part of the tusks of elephants, walruses, and similar animals
- (as modifier)ivory ornaments
- a yellowish-white colour; cream
- (as adjective)ivory shoes
Word Origin for ivory
mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), Anglo-French ivorie, from Old North French ivurie (12c.), from Latin eboreus "of ivory," from ebur (genitive eboris) "ivory," probably via Phoenician from an African source (cf. Egyptian ab "elephant," Coptic ebu "ivory"). Replaced Old English elpendban, literally "elephant bone." Applied in slang to articles made from it, such as dice (1830) and piano keys (1854). As a color, especially in reference to human skin, it is attested from 1580s. Ivories as slang for "teeth" dates from 1782. Related: Ivoried.