noun ephem·era \i-ˈfe-mər-ə, -ˈfem-rə\

: things that are important or useful for only a short time : items that were not meant to have lasting value

plural ephemera also ephem·er·ae \-mər-ē, -rē\ or ephemeras

Full Definition of EPHEMERA

:  something of no lasting significance —usually used in plural
ephemera plural :  paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles

Examples of EPHEMERA

  1. He has a large collection of old menus and other ephemera.

Origin of EPHEMERA

New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros
First Known Use: 1650


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