jas·​per ˈja-spər How to pronounce jasper (audio)
: an opaque cryptocrystalline quartz of any of several colors
especially : green chalcedony
: colored stoneware with raised white decoration
: a blackish green
jaspery adjective

Examples of jasper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scorpio: Red Jasper Scorpios are notorious for their intensity, and their passion and depth would benefit greatly from the red jasper stone. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 27 May 2024 No two are alike, each carved out of a unique stone that further illustrates the juice’s story (Casa Blanca uses howlite, Oro Verde uses green jasper, and Bombón uses strawberry quartz). Pia Velasco, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 Three types of diamonds—white, yellow and brown—are common in the region, as are gems like quartz, agate, garnet, amethyst and jasper, among others. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2024 Featuring 24 gemstones, including amethyst, quartz, tiger’s eye, and Dalmatian jasper, this advent calendar is an interactive way to start your very own crystal collection. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 Some of the precious stones found here include garnet, jasper, quartz, amethyst and agate, as well as diamonds in three colors: yellow, brown and white. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023 The delicate intaglios, fashioned from amethyst, jasper and carnelian, range in diameter from 5 millimeters to 16 millimeters — bigger than a pencil eraser, smaller than a dime. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 1 May 2023 Smaller than a dime, the 36 gems are made of materials like amethyst, carnelian, and jasper. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 4 May 2023 Two glowing glass blobs (named Rock Lights) clung to chunks of minerals — white, fragmented selenite and dark green jasper — tucked into a former fireplace. Ella Riley-Adams, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Middle English jaspre, from Anglo-French jaspre, jaspe, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew yāshĕpheh jasper

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Jasper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jasper. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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jas·​per ˈjas-pər How to pronounce jasper (audio)
: an opaque mineral that occurs in several colors and is used for making ornamental objects (as vases)
especially : green chalcedony
jaspery adjective

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