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

There’s a neutral-tone amber that won’t leave pale skin looking like a Cheeto and a deep chocolate shade to add warmth to the darkest skin. Glamour, "See Fenty’s New Bronzers on 5 Women," 8 Apr. 2019 People are desperate to make a buck these days, selling off their great-grandma’s amber necklace or their dad’s 18 karat pocket watch. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 Cherokee Green A new favorite offspring of the Cherokee line, this superb variety boasts Cherokee Purple quality in a tomato with grass-green flesh and amber skin. Craig Lehoullier, Good Housekeeping, "The 19 Most Delicious Heirloom Tomatoes in the World," 8 Aug. 2018 Depending on how long the juice ferments with the skins—anywhere from a few hours to many months—skin-contact wines can range in color from golden-straw yellow to vibrant amber to Tony the Tiger orange. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appetit, "“Orange Wine” Needs to Go Away—Hear Me Out," 20 Mar. 2018 The discovery adds to a remarkable collection of Cretaceous-period fossils from the amber deposits in northern Myanmar’s Hukawng Valley. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Remember When Mishandling Classified Info Was the Worst Thing Possible in 2016?," 9 Feb. 2018 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

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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