amber

noun
am·​ber | \ ˈam-bər \

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

And while everyone loves a good flower perfume, this has been a strange turn for the Oman line, which made its name with dank, intoxicating elixirs of oud and amber with mythical names like Memoir, Fate and Epic. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 This refined Dior candle perfectly mixes amber, musky and woody fragrances. David Thielebeule, WSJ, "Style Director David Thielebeule’s Gift Guide: The Great Indoors," 11 Dec. 2018 Bring to a boil on medium-high, stirring with wooden spoon, and cook until sugar becomes thick and dark amber in color, 10 to 14 minutes. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce," 9 Oct. 2018 Perfumania also has the DL on the fragrance notes: top notes of red berries, plum, and peach; mid notes of hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose, and coconut water; and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, amber, and musk. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna Just Dropped Reb'l Fleur Love Always, a Remix of Her Very First Fragrance," 29 Aug. 2018 The kids who sneaked Game Boys under their desk in the ‘90s now have wrinkles and mortgages, but the games themselves have been preserved in amber. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The internet’s horrified with Detective Pikachu," 12 Nov. 2018 Indeed, previous girl muses were chaste, inviting, and caught in amber. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 Cook on medium, swirling pot as necessary, until amber in color, 4 to 5 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Sauce," 2 Oct. 2018 Looking at a 150-year-old root of a tree or a 40-million-year-old piece of amber with an insect inside or a 3-million-year-old fossil of a shark tooth, I get filled with happiness. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "All About Monies, the 45-Year-Old Danish Jewelry Brand Landing at Dover Street Market Just in Time for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 While the Maffini and the Picariello were both classic examples of modern white wines — clear, bright and clean — the Gaia was something else entirely: hazy and amber colored. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From Campania’s Volcanic Soils, Whites in Multiple Colors," 31 May 2018 Reduce heat to medium-low; continue cooking, stirring every 20 minutes, until onions are amber-colored and completely caramelized, just over 1 hour. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nothing says royal wedding like a tea party; time to start planning," 3 May 2018 In Simons's version, the clouds have rolled in over the amber waves of grain. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 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 \

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 \

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

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