noun, plural i·vo·ries.
- the keys of a piano or of a similar keyboard instrument.
Origin of ivory
Related Words for ivoriespiece, figure, effigy, image, bust, likeness, statuary, sculpture, marble, bronze, icon, statuette, manual, piano, console, ivory, simulacrum, representation, cast, torso
Examples from the Web for ivories
Historical Examples of ivories
You are perhaps acquainted with the ivories which have been recently purchased there?On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)
Generally, however, the African elephants have the largest “ivories.”
The ivories of the Htel Cluny are among its greatest treasures.Old and New Paris, v. 2
Henry Sutherland Edwards
Get us the pictures, Philip—the latest cuts—and bring—ay, you may bring the ivories.Confession
W. Gilmore Simms
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.