ember

noun em·ber \ ˈem-bər \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of ember

1 : a glowing fragment (as of coal) from a fire; especially : one smoldering in ashes
2 embers plural : the smoldering remains of a fire
3 embers plural : slowly dying or fading emotions, memories, ideas, or responses still capable of being revived
  • the embers of his past

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Origin and Etymology of ember

Middle English eymere, from Old Norse eimyrja; akin to Old English ǣmerge ashes, Latin urere to burn


EMBER Defined for English Language Learners

ember

noun

Definition of ember for English Language Learners

  • : a glowing piece of coal or wood from a fire


EMBER Defined for Kids

ember

noun em·ber \ ˈem-bər \

Definition of ember for Students

: a glowing piece of coal or wood in the ashes from a fire


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