soap·​stone | \ ˈsōp-ˌstōn How to pronounce soapstone (audio) \

Definition of soapstone

: a soft stone having a soapy feel and composed essentially of talc, chlorite, and often some magnetite

Examples of soapstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Near Marriottsville, at the eastern edge of Carroll County, there was plenty of the soft rock called soapstone which could easily be shaped into water-holding vessels with a few stone or antler tools. David Buie,, 28 Nov. 2021 This is also great for granite, soapstone, knives, garden equipment and many other household objects. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 May 2021 The durable quartz countertop stands up to tough messes while offering the look of soapstone. Elizabeth Sweet, Southern Living, 18 May 2021 The utility space includes soapstone countertops, cabinets, a laundry chute and brick flooring. Dallas News, 8 May 2021 Interior features include a chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and soapstone countertops and a master wing with a steam shower, two water closets, dual vanities and a Jacuzzi tub. Robyn A. Friedman,, 12 Apr. 2021 Aliza and Chris have also made many improvements to their 2,079-square-foot Tudor, including a new kitchen with wide-plank wood floors and soapstone countertops. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 Take a step back in time by visiting Track Rock Gap where six soapstone boulders preserve more than a hundred carvings created by Native Americans about a thousand years ago. Katie Strasberg Rousso, Southern Living, 8 Mar. 2021 Matthew would fly to our mantel, pick up in his talons a small soapstone bear, fly over Sam and drop it on her head. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of soapstone

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soapstone was circa 1681

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“Soapstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soapstone

: a type of soft stone that feels like soap


soap·​stone | \ ˈsōp-ˌstōn How to pronounce soapstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of soapstone

: a soft stone that has a soapy or greasy feeling

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