amber

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noun

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

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adjective

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

Examples of amber in a Sentence

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Noun
But for Lee, her time on campus is preserved in amber — the years of student activism, her first trip to Africa, and a political awakening. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Tiny rare fossil found in 16 million-year-old amber is ‘once-in-a-generation’ find The finding is exciting to Dr. William R. Miller, a research assistant professor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. Jenna Schnuer, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 The amber lights framing downtown buildings for Christmas were turned on especially so the dignitaries would see the skyline from the air. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Jan. 2024 Among the dead, researchers found gold necklaces and earrings, terracotta pottery, precious stones, coins, glasses, amulets and silver rings decorated with amber and engraved initials. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 Better Homes & Gardens Amber Color Glass Old Fashioned Glass Shake up a signature Christmas cocktail for your event and serve the drinks in these vintage-looking amber cocktail glasses. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Dec. 2023 Indigo Valley has a woodsy scent, topped off with amber and vanilla. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 12 Sep. 2023 The road—a winding serpent—slithered through a kaleidoscope of forests dressed in their autumnal finery, a living mosaic of crimsons, golds and ambers. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 And since each oil is packaged in a dark amber bottle, there’s no need to worry about UV light degrading them over time. Rebecca Martinson, Rolling Stone, 8 Dec. 2023
Adjective
The amber sweetness made this mushroom coffee recipe my favorite yet. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Its profile comes across as a floral amber musk with a Lily of the Valley top note, an Ambergris middle note, and a dry Amber Woods base. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2024 Neptune's Fix Elixir and Extra Strength Elixir sold in amber glass bottles with a label that covers the entire cap/bottle and is perforated at the cap. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 30 Jan. 2024 Clearance lamps on the front of the truck should be amber, and mud flaps must extend to no more than eight inches from the surface of the road. Emily Gogolak, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Dehydration You may be dehydrated if your urine is amber or dark orange. Dr. Roshini Raj, Health, 4 Jan. 2024 The hotel’s historic lobby showcases a huge Christmas tree with 10,000 amber lights and nearly 2,000 ornaments. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2023 This amber glass match cloche is a great present for the dinner host who would never dare to be seen lighting a candle with a gas station lighter or Aim 'N Flame. Emily Farris, Bon Appétit, 13 Dec. 2023 Today, amid an amber wave of ’90s-style nostalgia, makeup brands are revisiting such tones, but the look du jour is an evolution, not a reproduction. Jayme Cyk, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of amber was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Amber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amber. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

amber

noun
am·​ber
ˈam-bər
1
: a hard yellowish partly transparent resin from trees long dead that can be highly polished and is used for ornamental objects (as beads)
2
: a dark orange yellow
amber adjective

Medical Definition

amber

noun
am·​ber ˈam-bər How to pronounce amber (audio)
: a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin that takes a fine polish and is used chiefly in making ornamental objects (as beads)
amber adjective

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