jas·​per | \ ˈja-spər How to pronounce jasper (audio) \

Definition of jasper

1 : an opaque cryptocrystalline quartz of any of several colors especially : green chalcedony
2 : colored stoneware with raised white decoration
3 : a blackish green

Other Words from jasper

jaspery \ ˈja-​spə-​rē How to pronounce jasper (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jasper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is on jasper, an opaque aggregate stone often speckled with many colors, and the other is on pietra paesina, a form of limestone. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 Certain sculptures may have been conceived as portraits, though the names attached to them are lost, as in the case of the fragmentary head of an Egyptian queen cut from honey-yellow jasper. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 The second gold and enamel tiara features cameo portraits of the ancient Greek deities Zeus, Dionysus, Medusa, Pan and Gaia in agate and jasper. CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 The walls were covered with ones, jasper, porphyry, and a dozen different marbles and, set in this crazy quilt, were carved, crystal medallions. Lucy Yeomans, House Beautiful, 10 June 2021 Three of the dials are decorated with hardstones carved by Steenman in the shape of roses – including imperial jasper, coral, chrysoprase, mokaïte and mother-of-pearl. Carol Besler, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Naturally rich in color and pattern, the semiprecious stones, including turquoise, malachite, lapis lazuli, agate, and jasper, deliver an organic feeling. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 15 Mar. 2021 Yurman is particularly drawn to jasper, a stone which has colors and patterns that remind him of the New Mexican sunset and landscape. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 15 Mar. 2021 Here, a case and crown set with sapphires and diamonds meets a dial plate with onyx, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, and jasper. Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of jasper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jasper

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

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jas·​per | \ ˈjas-pər How to pronounce jasper (audio) \

Kids Definition of jasper

: an opaque usually red, green, brown, or yellow stone used for making decorative objects

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