soap·​stone | \ˈsōp-ˌstōn \

Definition of soapstone 

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

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This handblown whiskey glass has a soapstone base, made in Finland, to chill it. Florence Fabricant, The Seattle Times, "8 great kitchen tools you didn’t know you needed," 29 Aug. 2018 There's butcher block by the refrigerator, and soapstone runs the length of the wall under the windows. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Kitchen Designer Mick De Giulio on Renovating a Barn," 1 Sep. 2011 Consider other options, such as durable quartz and soapstone—both look refined and can transform an all-white kitchen. Amanda Smith, ELLE Decor, "16 Accents and Finishes for a Timeless Kitchen," 17 Apr. 2018 The top of the new oversize island (a must-have for gatherings) is dramatic black-and-white soapstone that Casagrande likens to cookies and cream ice cream. Marni Elyse Katz,, "In a Brookline home, turning a leaky pipe into a redesign opportunity," 30 Mar. 2018 The kitchen, white with soapstone surfaces and stainless steel appliances, shares a soaring ceiling with living-dining areas. Andrea Siegel,, "High-end rental homes in Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach offer luxury on vacation," 9 May 2018 His grandfather was the foreman at the soapstone plant in Schuyler, Va., when architects traveled there from Philadelphia in the 1960s to get stone to replace the front and back steps at Independence Hall. Stephanie Farr,, "Independence Park's longest-tenured staffer has personal connections to history | We the People," 21 Mar. 2018 The rooms match the entry's sleek and sensual vibes, with inviting soapstone bathtubs, rich wood furniture and crisp white linens. Natasha Huang Smith, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Ways to Shop Shanghai," 4 Jan. 2018 With its soapstone sink, walk-in pantry and cabinetry of varying sizes and types, the kitchen looks and feels like a part of the original home—a rarity in many historical houses, which so often have had their kitchens modernized several times over. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, "This Cozy, Red Farmhouse Sums Up Everything We Love About New England," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of soapstone

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of soapstone

: a type of soft stone that feels like soap


soap·​stone | \ˈsōp-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of soapstone

: a soft stone that has a soapy or greasy feeling

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