amber

noun
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

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

City Lights, featuring period studio cats like Hugh McCracken and David Sanborn, can feel trapped in amber with its dated production. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "R.I.P. Dr. John: 10 Essential Cuts from the Soul, Funk and Boogie Woogie Great," 7 June 2019 The last of the 9,000 Blockbuster Video stores that once roamed the Earth sits at 211 NE Revere Ave. in Bend, Ore., a strip-mall storefront trapped in amber right down to dot-matrix printers and computers booted up with floppy disks. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Technology Drives Deals Because No One Wants to Be the Next Blockbuster (Video)," 29 May 2019 For instance, drought in Maine has meant the state’s trees are already turning amber. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 In small saucepan, heat sugar on medium, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high; cook until caramel turns amber (this will happen quickly). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Salted Caramel Pears," 2 Nov. 2015 There’s a neutral-tone amber that won’t leave pale skin looking like a Cheeto and a deep chocolate shade to add warmth to the darkest skin. Glamour, "See Fenty’s New Bronzers on 5 Women," 8 Apr. 2019 People are desperate to make a buck these days, selling off their great-grandma’s amber necklace or their dad’s 18 karat pocket watch. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 Cherokee Green A new favorite offspring of the Cherokee line, this superb variety boasts Cherokee Purple quality in a tomato with grass-green flesh and amber skin. Craig Lehoullier, Good Housekeeping, "The 19 Most Delicious Heirloom Tomatoes in the World," 8 Aug. 2018 Depending on how long the juice ferments with the skins—anywhere from a few hours to many months—skin-contact wines can range in color from golden-straw yellow to vibrant amber to Tony the Tiger orange. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appetit, "“Orange Wine” Needs to Go Away—Hear Me Out," 20 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The plateau’s amber bricks stand amid vast gardens of green and pillars of stone. Cian Maheer, Washington Post, "From Ancestor Glade to Hyrule Castle, these are the eight wonders of the virtual world," 4 June 2019 Springsteen is, of course, the latest in a myriad celebrities to take solace in the amber waves of grain of flyover country. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Even Bruce Springsteen Has Joined The Yeehaw Agenda," 26 Apr. 2019 Heat the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook, without stirring but constantly watching, for a few minutes until the sugar turns into a deep-amber caramel. 2. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 The pattern features hunks of jagged aqua and amber meant to resemble an archipelago, but one that’s out of this world. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 Low-key floral arrangements made up of aromatic eucalyptus and wild flowers felt charming in modest, amber colored glass bottles. Alana Bunte, Harper's BAZAAR, "Farm Inspired: A Dinner by Athena Calderone," 10 Nov. 2014 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

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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 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

amber

noun
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)

Other Words from amber

amber adjective

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