eb·​o·​nize ˈe-bə-ˌnīz How to pronounce ebonize (audio)
ebonized; ebonizing

transitive verb

: to stain black in imitation of ebony

Examples of ebonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past five years, he’s also designed dozens of his own pieces, reimagining everything from sprawling leather sectionals to cement side tables to ebonized oak lamps and brass wall sconces. Nick Marino David Chow, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023 The residences feature ebonized oak entry doors, five-inch-wide solid oak floors with a custom stain, 10- to 13-foot ceilings, oversized windows and a soothing color palette. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2023 Other home features include clean lines, steel doors, 10½-foot ceilings, walls for art, marble in the bathrooms, a surrounding wall/fence and ebonized hardwood floors. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2020 Its ceiling and walls are covered in handmade glass tiles in shades from aquamarine to jade; fumed, ebonized, and waxed oak floors are custom cut in an Escher-like pattern; and the centerpiece is a vast exhaust hood enameled in forest green. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, 16 Oct. 2019 In the bedroom, the vintage Cityscape headboard is by Paul Evans, the bed is dressed in Casa del Bianco linens, the bedside tables are ebonized mahogany, the 1950s American lamps are from Wyeth, and the carpet is by Beauvais Carpets. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, 22 Nov. 2016 Kevin struck a deal with a floor refinisher: The contractor removed and kept the kitchen cabinets and counters in return for a discounted rate on ebonizing the hardwood floors. Tim McKeough, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2018 In the master bath of Courteney Cox's Malibu retreat, the cabinetry and mirror frame are ebonized white oak. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, 12 Nov. 2013 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ebonize was circa 1828

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“Ebonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ebonize. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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