ephem·​era i-ˈfe-mə-rə How to pronounce ephemera (audio)
plural ephemera also ephemerae i-ˈfe-mə-rē How to pronounce ephemera (audio)
or ephemeras
: something of no lasting significance
usually used in plural
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.
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Word History


New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ephemera was in 1650

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“Ephemera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephemera. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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