as·​pen ˈa-spən How to pronounce aspen (audio)
: any of several poplars (especially Populus tremula of Europe and P. tremuloides and P. grandidentata of North America) with leaves that flutter in the lightest wind because of their flattened petioles

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On another note, a 14,000-year-old grove of aspens in Utah, famously known as Pando, is dying after a hundred years of human meddling. Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 The Maxwell Falls hikes are fairly wooded and shady with scenic rock formations, views of aspen or evergreen pine trees and bucolic meadows. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 30 Apr. 2023 Their canvases portray horseback riders, aspens and cottonwoods, and simple adobe pueblos. Nicholas Derenzo, Travel + Leisure, 30 Apr. 2023 As a result, my front lawn is inundated with countless aspen shoots throughout the summer. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2023 Cold Springs Campground, Sequoia National Park, California Found in Sequoia National Park, this campground is filled with beautiful aspen trees and conifers. Brittany Natale, Country Living, 17 Apr. 2023 Hikers who visit the park in late September or early October will want to walk or drive Medano Pass, which has groves of aspen trees that turn a vibrant gold in the fall. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2023 The oyster and chestnuts mushrooms can be grown on soft hardwood like aspen, poplar or cottonwood. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2023 Nothing moved through the naked stands of aspen. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


Middle English, of an aspen, from asp aspen, from Old English æspe; akin to Old High German aspa aspen, Russian osina

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aspen was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Aspen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


as·​pen ˈas-pən How to pronounce aspen (audio)
: any of several poplars with leaves that flutter in the lightest breeze

Geographical Definition


geographical name

As·​pen ˈa-spən How to pronounce Aspen (audio)
resort city in west central Colorado population 6658

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