Definition of ephemera
ephemeraeplay \i-ˈfe-mər-ē, -ˈfem-rē\ or
1 : something of no lasting significance —usually used in plural
2 ephemera plural : paper items (such as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles
Examples of ephemera in a Sentence
He has a large collection of old menus and other ephemera.
Recent Examples of ephemera from the Web
The price set a record for a Disney map and was among the highest ever paid for a piece of Disney ephemera at auction, organizers said.
But most browsers will be tempted to linger the most at the wedding ephemera.
Sorrels donated papers, clippings and other ephemera, including a peace quilt, to the archive.
But his most striking accomplishment is deciphering Roman ephemera—wooden and lead tablets that, miraculously, archeologists still unearth from time to time around the province formerly known as Britannia.
Volume 2 features a behind-the-scenes look at the series, with on-set photographs, production ephemera, costume designs, notes from the writers' room, and extensive interviews with the show's creator, Matthew Weiner.
There are newspaper engravings, ephemera, illustrated journals, books, postcards and even vintage musical instruments.
The story, in which the author tours Sevigny’s home town with her, is full of Mobil gas stations, red-bricked middle schools, and other ephemera that could be pulled from most suburban childhoods and plopped down in Sevigny’s, and vice versa.
The donation consisted of ephemera used during the team’s early history, beginning in the early 1970s and ending in 2006.
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Origin and Etymology of ephemera
New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros
First Known Use: 1650See Words from the same year
EPHEMERA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ephemera for English Language Learners
: things that are important or useful for only a short time : items that were not meant to have lasting value
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