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

Examples of amber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Armenians travelled widely in Tibet, India, and Nepal during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, trading in pearls, amber, and deer musk, a precious ingredient in perfume. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 Designers had to add front and rear amber auxiliary lights to the truck. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "The 10 Coolest Easter Eggs on the 2022 GMC Hummer EV," 21 Oct. 2020 Consumer testers loved the sandalwood, sage and amber notes of the Blue Ridge scent. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Sustainable Innovation Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 North 24th Home’s line of scrubs, cleaners, linen sprays, and candles all smell amazing and come packaged in amber glass bottles that make cleaning look beautiful. Patrice J Williams, USA TODAY, "12 cozy home items you can buy from Black-owned businesses," 8 Dec. 2020 The only tricky part about making Yerushalmi kugel is the caramel, which requires patient stirring of oil and sugar for a good 10 to 15 minutes, until the mixture takes on the amber hue of good, rich honey. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Kugel That’s Savory and Sweet (and Crispy, Too)," 7 Dec. 2020 The beer selection will offer some inventive versions of familiar, traditional styles with an imperial stout, a coffee brown ale, a double IPA, a hoppy amber ale and an apricot tart sour. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Windmills, an India-based brewery, restaurant and music venue, to open in The Colony in 2021," 3 Dec. 2020 The news, expected to be announced by organizers Tuesday, comes as museums and other cultural institutions in Los Angeles are still trapped in the amber of COVID-19 closures. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Frieze L.A. postpones to July and moves off the Paramount backlot," 17 Nov. 2020 The hope is to find a piece of amber for which a middleman might pay him $1 to $5. MarÍa Verza,, "Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These are generally amber in color, with a mild rasp of tannin and often go well with umami-rich dishes. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "A veggie burger unlike the others," 16 July 2020 But most of all, macaroni and cheese, that most emblematic of the comfort foods, its amber waves of beige filling us with the hope, however fleeting, that everything will be OK. Mike Sutter,, "5 great mac and cheese dishes at San Antonio restaurants for your coronavirus comfort food fix," 21 May 2020 Flowers are ripe when half the stigmas (those hair-like strands sticking out from the buds) are amber and half are still white. Johanna Silver,, "Gardening: Cannabis in 7 steps," 14 May 2020 The colors of the QR codes decide people's freedom of movement: green code holders are allowed to travel within the province, amber code holders are not allowed to travel, and red code holders will be treated and quarantined. Nectar Gan And David Culver, CNN, "China is fighting the coronavirus with a digital QR code. Here's how it works," 15 Apr. 2020 Molly likes to kick start the process by roasting six pounds of chicken wings, imbuing the liquid with a deep, amber flavor. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "I’m Making Matzo Ball Soup for the First Time in My Life," 7 Apr. 2020 Ramos’s amber measurements are part of a surge of interest in ideal glass. Quanta Magazine, "Ideal Glass Would Explain Why Glass Exists at All," 11 Mar. 2020 Xing is also trying to establish an amber museum in Myanmar once the conflict dies down, to ensure these natural wonders can be returned to their home country, our Michael Greshko reports. Esther Horvath, National Geographic, "When ‘wash your hands’ was controversial," 11 Mar. 2020 The scientists hope the find will encourage other amber researchers to keep a close eye out not only for any animals trapped within, but for their excrement as well. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Ancient amber contains a cockroach—and a surprise," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of amber


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for amber


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

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

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Amber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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