emery

noun

em·​ery ˈe-mə-rē How to pronounce emery (audio)
ˈem-rē
plural emeries
often attributive
: a dark granular mineral that consists of corundum with iron oxide impurities (such as magnetite) and is used as an abrasive
also : a hard abrasive powder

Examples of emery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This budget-friendly drill comes with two shaping bits, a cuticle pusher, plus buffing and emery attachments for a flawless manicure. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Jan. 2023 Any imperfections, any divots or ridges, must be judiciously smoothed, and a climber’s equipment includes pumice stones, sandpaper and emery boards. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Smaller pockets to hold chalk for the box call and emery paper for the pot and striker calls is also a plus. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, 8 Apr. 2018 Once the polish is gone, wash your hands, dry them thoroughly, and use an emery board or nail file to shape your nails. Seventeen, 22 Apr. 2008

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French esmeril, from Old Italian smiriglio, from Medieval Latin smiriglum, from Greek smyrid-, smyris

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emery was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Emery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emery. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

emery

noun
em·​ery ˈem-(ə-)rē How to pronounce emery (audio)
plural emeries
: a dark mineral used in the form of powder or grains for polishing and grinding

Medical Definition

emery

noun
em·​ery ˈem-(ə-)rē How to pronounce emery (audio)
plural emeries
often attributive
: a dark granular mineral that consists essentially of corundum and is used for grinding and polishing
also : a hard abrasive powder

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