amber

noun
am·​ber | \ ˈam-bər How to pronounce amber (audio) \

Definition of amber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin that takes a fine polish and is used chiefly in making ornamental objects (such as beads)
2 : a variable color averaging a dark orange yellow

amber

adjective

Definition of amber (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : consisting of amber
2 : resembling amber especially : having the color amber

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stir constantly over medium heat until amber in color. Redbook, ""Porn Corn:" So Good It's Obscene!," 22 May 2013 In the late afternoon, the tree canopy above the North Branch Trail sparkles, like a crown of amber and garnet. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 15 Best Places to Go Hiking in the Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 Facebook is doing nothing short of changing the experience of childhood, preserving it in electronic amber and documenting it in real time. Susan Dominus, Redbook, "Underage on Facebook," 4 Jan. 2012 Maine Maine is home to vast stretches of breathtaking coastline, but true immersion in the Pine Tree State's wild crimson, pumpkin, and amber-hued woods requires heading deeper inland. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 For instance, drought in Maine has meant the state’s trees have turned amber a bit early. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A brief scientific guide to the first day of spring.," 20 Sep. 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, the color of normal urine ranges from pale yellow to deep amber. Amy Capetta, Redbook, "6 Signs of UTI That You'll Hopefully Never Experience," 6 Aug. 2018 That's one of the revelations found in Myanmar, where a baby snaked has been discovered trapped in amber and aged back to the Cretaceous period 99 million years ago. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Oldest Ever Baby Snake Discovered in Forest Amber," 19 July 2018 And so this length of cotton, angelic white, remains enshrined in a drawer in my closet, like a fly in amber. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Heat the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook, without stirring but constantly watching, for a few minutes until the sugar turns into a deep-amber caramel. 2. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 The pattern features hunks of jagged aqua and amber meant to resemble an archipelago, but one that’s out of this world. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 Low-key floral arrangements made up of aromatic eucalyptus and wild flowers felt charming in modest, amber colored glass bottles. Alana Bunte, Harper's BAZAAR, "Farm Inspired: A Dinner by Athena Calderone," 10 Nov. 2014 Combine sugar and water, and bring to a light amber caramel. 2. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 The gleaming amber bottle that holds The Nue Co.’s Prebiotic + Probiotic resembles an expensive candle; the glossy black decanter of WelleCo. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 Cook for 7 minutes or until the sugar is a deep, amber color. Fox News, "Gail Simmons' Holiday Desserts," 10 Dec. 2010 The base is warm but still light and inviting, with santal, amber wood, and saffron cream. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Britney Spears Is Launching a A Unisex Fragrance Called Prerogative," 17 July 2018 When the sugar starts to melt around the edges and turns amber (about 2 minutes), stir gently and add another 2 tablespoons sugar to the pan. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "S'mores Ice Cream Pie," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of amber

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amber

Noun

Middle English ambre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin ambra, from Arabic ʽanbar ambergris

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amber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amber

: a hard orange-yellow substance that can be polished and used for jewelry and other decorations
: a dark orange-yellow color

amber

noun
am·​ber | \ ˈam-bər How to pronounce amber (audio) \

Kids Definition of amber

1 : a hard yellowish to brownish clear substance that is a fossil resin from trees long dead and that can be polished and used in making ornamental objects (as beads)
2 : a dark orange yellow : the color of honey

amber

noun
am·​ber | \ ˈam-bər How to pronounce amber (audio) \

Medical Definition of amber

: a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin that takes a fine polish and is used chiefly in making ornamental objects (as beads)

Other Words from amber

amber adjective

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