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 Both soapstone and slate can be fabricated into sinks to match the countertop. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "Types of Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material for Your Kitchen," 30 Sep. 2020 In the living room, the brick surround was replaced with black soapstone. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Swedish-inspired makeover transforms modest-sized St. Anthony home," 30 Oct. 2020 The interior features an entry anchored by a winding staircase and a kitchen with soapstone countertops, an island and Sub-Zero appliances. Dallas News, "Firm: Fall is an ideal time to buy a home," 25 Oct. 2020 The most common natural stones used to make countertops include granite, marble, soapstone, and slate. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "Types of Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material for Your Kitchen," 30 Sep. 2020 The king’s early years were documented through a series of soapstone scarabs that proclaimed Amenhotep’s successes and milestones. National Geographic, "King Tut's grandparents were Egypt's royal power couple," 17 Sep. 2020 Extra-thick Calacatta Viola marble and soapstone countertops cast a storied spell. Interior Designer Birgitte Pearce, House Beautiful, "Tour a New Jersey Kitchen with a "Men's Club Aesthetic"," 18 Sep. 2020 The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 are on-sale now for $339.95 from the regular $399.95 price tag in black and silver, and $299.95 in soapstone. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best over-ear headphones of 2020," 12 Aug. 2020 Including a natural soapstone baking disc that disperses heat evenly, a stainless steel tray with handles, and a pizza cutter, this All-Clad set is a glamorous way to do pizza. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "How to have the ultimate pizza night at home," 17 June 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Soapstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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