ebony

noun
eb·​o·​ny | \ ˈe-bə-nē How to pronounce ebony (audio) \
plural ebonies

Definition of ebony

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hard heavy blackish wood yielded by various tropical chiefly southeast Asian trees (genus Diospyros of the family Ebenaceae, the ebony family)
2a : a tree yielding ebony
b : any of several trees yielding wood like ebony

ebony

adjective

Definition of ebony (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ebony

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The room includes his personal objects of interest like ebony chairs, exotic oriental carpets and a rare black silk prayer rug. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The wood floors were treated with an ebony stain and then cerused. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, 6 May 2022 Paying homage to her character’s quills, Coughlan wore a feathery baby pink and ebony gown with matching eyeshadow and dainty diamond jewels. ELLE, 4 May 2022 Guests are welcomed in a sophisticated lobby with a black and cream cabochon marble floor reflected in the mirrored ceiling and a bespoke reception desk with an ebony finish and brass detailing. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2022 The head-to-toe look by the Italian fashion house also included a choker and slingback pumps in the brand's signature beige-and-ebony original GG print from the Aria collection, inspired by Tom Ford's Gucci era. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Apr. 2022 Jared also supplied ebony from his father’s studio for the fingerboard, bridge and binding, and Richard’s chisels for the tuner buttons. Jeff Campagna, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 In 2011, Taylor Guitars, one of the world’s largest guitar makers, became the co-owners of a sustainable ebony company in Cameroon. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 To complement her ebony off-the-shoulder gown from Khaite, hairstylist Ben Skervin put a contemporary spin on a Hollywood classic. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The kitchen provides granite counters, a glass tile backsplash, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Dacor gas cooktop, double ovens and ebony maple cabinets. Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, the Black Cat Incident, as it was dubbed, became another chapter in the Cubs' long-running history of misery, with the ebony feline—a notorious symbol of bad luck, of course—blamed for jinxing the team. Paul Lukas, SI.com, 6 Sep. 2019 Calder would take a break from sculptures and mobiles to craft a silver milk skimmer with a spiderweb design or an ebony toilet paper holder shaped like a hand. Jennie Yabroff, Town & Country, 20 Oct. 2017 The white-walled living room features ebony wood floors and a wall fireplace. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, 15 July 2017 Today brunettes, redheads, and ebony-haired beauties all lay claim to their place in the sun. Leslie Camhi, Vogue, 4 Feb. 2014 That's owing to the fact that 10 Roam is Odin's first incense fragrance, with smokey base notes rooted in resin, but also coconut milk and ebony wood. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, 3 May 2013 Brick arches, ebony-paneled walls and murals of drinking monks. Anya Yurchyshyn, Esquire, 8 Sep. 2008 See More

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First Known Use of ebony

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ebony

Noun

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

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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Ebony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ebony. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for ebony

ebony

noun
eb·​o·​ny | \ ˈe-bə-nē How to pronounce ebony (audio) \
plural ebonies

Kids Definition of ebony

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a hard heavy blackish wood that comes from tropical trees

ebony

adjective

Kids Definition of ebony (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of or like ebony an ebony table
2 : very dark or black

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