[al-uh-bas-ter, -bah-ster]


a finely granular variety of gypsum, often white and translucent, used for ornamental objects or work, such as lamp bases, figurines, etc.
Also called Oriental alabaster. a variety of calcite, often banded, used or sold as alabaster.

adjective Also al·a·bas·trine [al-uh-bas-trin] /ˌæl əˈbæs trɪn/.

made of alabaster: an alabaster column.
resembling alabaster; smooth and white: her alabaster throat.


Nearby words

  1. ala.,
  2. alabama,
  3. alabamian,
  4. alabamine,
  5. alabandite,
  6. alabastos,
  7. alabastrine,
  8. alabastron,
  9. alabastrum,
  10. alacant

Origin of alabaster

1350–1400; < Latin < Greek alábastros; replacing Middle English alabastre < Middle French < Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for alabastrine



a fine-grained usually white, opaque, or translucent variety of gypsum used for statues, vases, etc
a variety of hard semitranslucent calcite, often banded like marble


of or resembling alabaster
Derived Formsalabastrine, adjective

Word Origin for alabaster

C14: from Old French alabastre, from Latin alabaster, from Greek alabastros

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Word Origin and History for alabastrine
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