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



Definition of amber (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of amber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Huppert impeccably emerges into frames draped in amber and magenta wrap dresses, acts like a specter, lingering in one-on-one scenes with practically each relative or friend in this drawn-out goodbye. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Isabelle Huppert shines in subtle, sensitive travelogue 'Frankie'," 31 Oct. 2019 Dewitte had been driving the Tahoe, which was blocking a traffic lane and had flashing amber and purple strobe lights activated, the affidavit said. Jeff Weiner,, "Watch: Sex offender accused of impersonating officer weaves through traffic, barks profanities at drivers," 31 Oct. 2019 As a result, the flavor and aroma are strong, the cup color is amber, and the infusion is coppery in color, compared to first flush where the tea is light and bright, with a flowery taste and fruity aroma. New York Times, "Savoring the Taste of Memories in Northern India," 29 Oct. 2019 Modern Jerusalem was spared Disneyfication, first by the highborn culture of British colonialism, with its awe for the city’s antique past, and next by Jordanian paralysis, which froze the Old City as if in amber. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City," 13 Sep. 2019 Its two lenses — dark and low-light clear amber — swap out in less than a minute. Roy M. Wallack, Los Angeles Times, "At last, sunglasses designed for the sport you love," 13 Sep. 2019 Red Bird Lager, served in aluminum bottles printed with the Cardinals logo, comes in at 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and is an amber lager with flavors of caramel and malt. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Four Peaks has released an Arizona Cardinals-themed beer. Here's where to get it," 26 Aug. 2019 Sierra’s Oktoberfest pours a pale amber in the glass and gives off aromas of caramel and Earl Gray tea., "Here are the two Oktoberfest beers our columnist is drinking in 2019 - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Its color ranges from an amber as clear as the peal of a bell to the bold gold of a questionable urine specimen. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "How the Orange-Wine Fad Became an Irresistible Assault on Pleasure," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And then, off the port side, a figure loomed, haloed in amber light. Mona Gable, Vogue, "Aboard the Queen Mary 2, a Transatlantic Journey Now Includes a Dose of Genealogy," 4 Oct. 2019 In the United States, with its moderate climate and amber waves of grain, people's yellow-joy association levels were between 60% and 70%. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "What makes people happy when skies are gray? The color yellow," 4 Oct. 2019 Supporters will much rather be drawn to the red and amber stripes of their home strip., "Ranking All 8 of Nike's New Third Kits Featuring the Futura Logo," 20 Sep. 2019 The wolf’s eyes, which can slant inward and down, are often amber or pale yellow. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Of dogs and wolves," 14 Sep. 2019 Both wore cowboy hats, as did the groom, who chose an all-black ensemble that was studded with silver snaps and accessorized with a chunky silver necklace dotted with blue and amber-colored stones. Rachel Desantis,, "Wyatt Russell and Meredith Hagner Celebrate Western Theme with Family Before Wedding," 2 Sep. 2019 The former is more unstable and light sensitive, and is typically held in opaque or amber colored bottles for that reason, while the latter tends to be more stable, even in the presence of sunlight. Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C," 19 Aug. 2019 Narrow shops sold gardenia, musk, and amber incense alongside sweatshirts promoting the Israel Defense Forces. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 First published between 1976 and 1980, that story follows the adventures of Jean Grey, an amber-haired mutant with extraordinary telekinetic abilities who becomes possessed by a powerful, malevolent, all-consuming force. Justin Chang, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Dark Phoenix’ isn’t the revival the ‘X-Men’ series needed," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of amber


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amber


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

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15 Nov 2019

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

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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


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


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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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