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.
Origin and Etymology of ephemera
New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros
First Known Use: 1650
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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