ebony

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noun

eb·​o·​ny ˈe-bə-nē How to pronounce ebony (audio)
plural ebonies
1
: a hard heavy blackish wood yielded by various tropical chiefly southeast Asian trees (genus Diospyros of the family Ebenaceae, the ebony family)
2
a
: a tree yielding ebony
b
: any of several trees yielding wood like ebony

ebony

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adjective

1
: made of or resembling ebony
2
: black, dark

Examples of ebony in a Sentence

Adjective the ebony loudspeakers on their chrome stands look very sleek and modern
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Rich eucalyptus, Macassar ebony, and Tanganyika veneers play against sleek onyx and marble, while warm ochre leather juxtaposes with shiny brass and chrome details. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 July 2024 So, in the egg world, ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024
Adjective
For her purse, the crossbody bag-loving singer wore Gucci’s Luce Small Shoulder Bag in beige and ebony, which retails for $3,200. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 From warm-toned medium shades to neutral, ebony brown hues, there’s a color fit for bronzing and contouring on any skin tone. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for ebony 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably from Late Latin hebeninus of ebony, from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos ebony, from Egyptian hbnj

First Known Use

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ebony was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Ebony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ebony. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ebony

1 of 2 noun
eb·​o·​ny ˈeb-ə-nē How to pronounce ebony (audio)
plural ebonies
1
: a hard heavy blackish wood of various tropical chiefly southeast Asian trees related to the persimmon
2
: a tree that produces ebony

ebony

2 of 2 adjective
1
: made of or resembling ebony
2

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