al·​a·​bas·​ter | \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər How to pronounce alabaster (audio) \

Definition of alabaster

1 : a compact fine-textured usually white and translucent gypsum often carved into vases and ornaments
2 : a hard calcite or aragonite that is translucent and sometimes banded

Other Words from alabaster

alabaster or alabastrine \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈba-​strən How to pronounce alabaster (audio) \ adjective

Examples of alabaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are touches of luxury living throughout the home, such as a closet specifically to store silver and alabaster sconces throughout. Brianna Griff, Chron, 18 Sep. 2022 His new house, likewise, comprises a series of immersive boxes: a circular, double-height screening room, a bar paneled in Oregon Douglas fir, a bathroom wrapped in faux alabaster. Robert Haskell, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 The primary suite is also located on the first floor and encompasses a large bedroom, a walk-in closet and a luxurious bathroom with marble tile with Mother of Pearl inlay and alabaster and brass wall sconces. cleveland, 15 July 2022 The museum also acquired a pair of early 15th-century carvings in alabaster representing a pair of apostles identified as Saint Paul (the older) and Saint John the Evangelist (the younger). Steven Litt, cleveland, 27 June 2022 Look for fixtures made with translucent stone, such as alabaster, which allows light to pass through and creates an organic glow. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Apr. 2022 The lamp is alabaster and aged iron, available through Circa Lighting. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 Fortuño took a piece of alabaster for the vanity and illuminated it from behind to give it a warm glow. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 With the exception of an alabaster granite scree field beneath the flat side of Half Dome, the trail is largely shaded. Ashley M. Biggers, Outside Online, 28 Aug. 2014 See More

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First Known Use of alabaster

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alabaster

Middle English alabastre, from Anglo-French albastre, from Latin alabaster vase of alabaster, from Greek alabastros

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al·​a·​bas·​ter | \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər How to pronounce alabaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of alabaster

: a smooth usually white stone used for carving

Alabaster geographical name

Al·​a·​bas·​ter | \ ˈa-lə-ˌba-stər How to pronounce Alabaster (audio) \

Definition of Alabaster

city in central Alabama south of Birmingham population 30,352

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