alabaster

noun
al·​a·​bas·​ter | \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər How to pronounce alabaster (audio) \

Definition of alabaster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a compact fine-textured usually white and translucent gypsum often carved into vases and ornaments
2 : a hard calcite or aragonite that is translucent and sometimes banded

Alabaster

geographical name
Al·​a·​bas·​ter | \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər How to pronounce Alabaster (audio) \

Definition of Alabaster (Entry 2 of 2)

city in central Alabama south of Birmingham population 30,352

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Other Words from alabaster

Noun

alabaster or alabastrine \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈba-​strən How to pronounce alabastrine (audio) \ adjective

Examples of alabaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year marked the opening of the Amos Rex Museum, a $58 million undertaking that consists of underground galleries with domed ceilings that bulge from the earth like alabaster foothills. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "Want a charming Nordic city without the corresponding prices? Try Estonia’s Tallinn.," 29 Aug. 2019 His alabaster skin, however, has been painted a rich shade of mocha. Matt Stromberg, latimes.com, "Linda Vallejo and a decade of art that unapologetically embraces brownness," 20 June 2019 While apples, figs, bananas, and more are fashioned out of Italian alabaster, other materials were used elsewhere around the world. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Feast Your Eyes on the Next Design Must-Have: Antique Marble Apples, Bananas, and Grapes Galore," 19 Oct. 2018 As the dig progressed, Woolley came upon yet more treasures in the tomb: weapons, tools, numerous vessels of bronze, silver, gold, lapis lazuli, and alabaster—even a gaming table. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 Mix in different shades like ecru, alabaster, and ivory that will create a visual separation between your layers to amp up the visual interest. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 Start with a discreet, less grandiose overhead fixture—say, a pendant light with an alabaster globe that diffuses the glare. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 That is an impressive feat in and of itself, with few men willing to try out an alabaster look in the dead of a Utah winter. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Give In to Jeff Goldblum’s Winter White Sundance Vision," 30 Jan. 2019 My only previous mudbath experience involved lounging in an spa alabaster tub filled with grade-A minerals and sipping on cucumber water while someone gently massaged my scalp. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "I Bathed in Colombia’s “Volcano of Youth” and My Skin Has Never Felt Softer," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of alabaster

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alabaster

Noun

Middle English alabastre, from Anglo-French albastre, from Latin alabaster vase of alabaster, from Greek alabastros

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The first known use of alabaster was in the 14th century

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alabaster

noun
How to pronounce Alabaster (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of alabaster

: a white stone that is used to make vases and decorations

alabaster

noun
al·​a·​bas·​ter | \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər How to pronounce alabaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of alabaster

: a smooth usually white stone used for carving

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