alabaster

noun
al·​a·​bas·​ter | \ ˈa-lə-ˌbas-tər 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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Noun

alabaster or alabastrine \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈbas-​trən How to pronounce alabastrine (audio) \ adjective

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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 Alex included the perfect amount of brass pendant lights and alabaster to create a luxe, gleaming, entirely new feel. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Bungalow Renovation Will Make You Want a Navy Blue Kitchen," 12 Oct. 2018 The building itself, set back in City Park, is imposing and grand with its alabaster walls and Greco-Roman columns. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do In New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 The alabaster head is likely that of a nobleman in Alexandria. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 2018 Other features include bronze and alabaster sconces by French artist Albert Cheuret, Belgian black marble floors and rosewood paneling. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "‘Episodes’ co-creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane list L.A. penthouse for $29.9 million," 11 July 2018 The artifact was found on July 1, with an alabaster bust, its features weathered down and rendered unidentifiable. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 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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alabaster

noun

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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