Definition of travertine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtravərtēn/ /ˈtrævərtin/ /ˈtravərtən/ /ˈtrævərtən/


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

    ‘they are built of travertine covered with stucco’
    • ‘a beautiful carved seat in travertine marble’
    • ‘It occurs in a wide variety of mineral forms, including limestone, marble, travertine, and chalk.’
    • ‘Cave walls down which water habitually runs may become covered with sheets of travertine flowstone.’
    • ‘The springs left deposits of travertine below the temple and among the ruins.’
    • ‘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.’


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