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 Sea amber, larch, and organic oat sugars are a few of the magical elements blended to help heal the skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 This crisp, cognac- and amber-tinged foaming body wash is the most savory of the lot. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 22 May 2022 Beasley wields resin like an embalming material — an industrial-strength amber for trapping life’s transient flies. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 When Miani took one SSD from one Mac Studio and put it in the main SSD slot in the other Mac Studio, he was greeted with an amber SOS light. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 22 Mar. 2022 The ambience will be enlivened with olive trees, amber glowing pendants, and antique wood floors and mirrors. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 The fragrance is housed in an amber-brown glass bottle that was designed to fit perfectly in Rihanna's palm. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Apr. 2022 Inari’s bright white fur and coal black nose definitely give her a gorgeous contrast that is only heightened by her amber eyes. The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The scent is a blend of Italian bergamot, and Florida grapefruit, together with notes of amber wood that are balanced by labdanum, geranium, and ginger. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There’s even amber wavelengths, which are best suited for surface level conditions like excessive redness. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 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, 7 Apr. 2020 Ramos’s amber measurements are part of a surge of interest in ideal glass. Quanta Magazine, 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, 11 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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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


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)

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