Definition of travertine in English:



mass noun
  • White or light-coloured calcareous rock deposited from mineral springs, used in building.

    ‘they are built of travertine covered with stucco’
    as modifier ‘a beautiful carved seat in travertine marble’
    • ‘Cave walls down which water habitually runs may become covered with sheets of travertine flowstone.’
    • ‘It occurs in a wide variety of mineral forms, including limestone, marble, travertine, and chalk.’
    • ‘The interior uses limestone, travertine, and marble from the Philippines.’
    • ‘The richness of the material is underscored by use of pale travertine marble and white plaster on walls.’
    • ‘The springs left deposits of travertine below the temple and among the ruins.’


Late 18th century: from Italian travertino, tivertino, from Latin tiburtinus ‘of Tibur’ (now Tivoli, a district near Rome).