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

black, pitch-black, pitch-dark, pitchy, raven, sable

Antonyms: Adjective

white

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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

From the rim of the open-pit mine, bulldozers, excavators and 70-ton trucks can be seen chewing through layers of ebony and chocolate earth more than 500 feet below. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 11 June 2019 From the rim of the open-pit mine, bulldozers, excavators and 70-ton trucks can be seen chewing through layers of ebony and chocolate earth more than 500 feet below. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 11 June 2019 From the rim of the open-pit mine, bulldozers, excavators and 70-ton trucks can be seen chewing through layers of ebony and chocolate earth more than 500 feet below. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 11 June 2019 From the rim of the open-pit mine, bulldozers, excavators and 70-ton trucks can be seen chewing through layers of ebony and chocolate earth more than 500 feet below. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "China hints it will choke off U.S. ‘rare earths’ access. But it’s not that easy.," 10 June 2019 The Panther can first be spotted in a Cartier wristwatch from 1914, when its signature pattern appeared in diamond and ebony. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Cartier Panther Became a Jewelry Icon," 20 Mar. 2019 The ebony fingerboard has more brightness and snap than the rosewood used on most Fender electrics. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 The desk, made with ivory and mother of pearl inlays, is considered a masterpiece of Pietro Piffetti, one of the most important ebony carpenters of his time. Simone Somekh, The Seattle Times, "Italian antique desk once displayed in NYC’s Met recovered," 24 July 2018 Thus far in 2018, Tricorn Black, a deep, saturated ebony that is perennially one of the company’s most popular blacks, is the 12th most popular paint sold by Sherwin-Williams in the U.S., up from the 33rd spot in 2017. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "Black is the new black," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Inside Alexander Calder's New England Home," 20 Oct. 2017 The white-walled living room features ebony wood floors and a wall fireplace. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Jared Leto gets his price and more for Cahuenga Pass pad," 15 July 2017 Today brunettes, redheads, and ebony-haired beauties all lay claim to their place in the sun. Leslie Camhi, Vogue, "Spring’s Bold Statement Hair: Show Your Colors," 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, "10 Roam by Odin Fragrances," 3 May 2013 Brick arches, ebony-paneled walls and murals of drinking monks. Anya Yurchyshyn, Esquire, ""Today You Will Put On Blue Egyptian Stockings"- New Fiction* from Rozalia Jovanovic," 8 Sep. 2008

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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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ebony

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ebony

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a hard, heavy wood that comes from tropical trees

ebony

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ebony (Entry 2 of 2)

: made of or resembling ebony
: very dark or black

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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