ephem·​era | \ i-ˈfe-mər-ə How to pronounce ephemera (audio) , -ˈfem-rə \
plural ephemera also ephemerae\ i-​ˈfe-​mər-​ē How to pronounce ephemera (audio) , -​ˈfem-​rē \ or ephemeras

Definition of ephemera

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 on the Web Our collective trauma is unmasked by our exaggerated responses to an ephemera of minor outbreaks of non-pandemic illnesses - like Monkeypox - which have triggered paroxysmal shocks of post-traumatic anxiety at the thought of Covid-19: Part 2. David Walcott, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Martin's gift was to be deeply engaged with both the ephemera of the day and the important news readers needed to know, said those who worked with him. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 What explains the fascination with the ephemera of one man’s life, including among people who claim that the work was the thing? Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Photographs, fliers, posters, programs, newspaper stories, banners, T-shirts — all are among the ephemera and artifacts that the archive has been collecting and placing at Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 Howie Pyro, a founding member of New York City punk band D Generation, pioneering party DJ, and avid collector of music and movie ephemera, died Wednesday. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 As a curator, Edwards did a good job arranging and interpreting video, ephemera, music, and 3-D art to make something coherent and engaging. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Gibson has collected ephemera connected to that fateful day, including newspaper clippings, postcards and a poster promoting a newsreel that included news of the collapse. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 The collection is made up of ephemera, personal possessions, documentation, organic matter, trash. Sophie Haigney, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ephemera

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ephemera

New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros

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22 May 2022

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“Ephemera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephemera. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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