ephemera

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

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Patrons entered the restaurant through a back alley doorway and could either sit at a communal table, surrounded by hip hop ephemera, or take food out. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Hampden-based Asian eatery TigerStyle closes after barely six months," 5 Aug. 2019 While its inaugural season featured celebs like T-Pain and Donny Osmond in costumes like the Monster and the Peacock, respectively, this season appears to be taking a cue from the current viral cultural ephemera that eggs are experiencing. Cady Lang, Time, "The Masked Singer Introduces Very Mysterious Egg Mascot for Season 2," 8 Aug. 2019 But while Morrison shares space with the usual firehose of bad news, her passing offers at least one impulse to go deeper, to read more, dig in, think more critically and disconnect from the ephemera. Philip Kennicott, chicagotribune.com, "Obituaries are the only redemptive news anymore," 8 Aug. 2019 But while Morrison shares space with the usual firehouse of bad news, her passing offers at least one impulse to go deeper, to read more, dig in, think more critically and disconnect from the ephemera. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Obituaries are the only redemptive news anymore," 7 Aug. 2019 Rob Hiaasen likely was tapping away at his own station, kept company by a toy soldier, a snow globe and other desktop ephemera. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "A snow globe, a poem, a home: Capital Gazette victims revealed, recalled in the things they left behind," 23 June 2019 The store is full of oddities — giant signs from old L.A., novelty phones from the ’70s, mannequins and stacks of L.A. ephemera. San Diego Union-Tribune, "L.A. is losing its weird edges to bland, boxy and Instagram-friendly," 20 June 2019 The rest of the time, Tejas Steakhouse has its menagerie of vintage rifles, trophy mounts and Western ephemera to build a cowboy aura. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Rodeo spirit energizes Tejas Steakhouse in Bulverde," 11 July 2019 Her interests include artists’ books, ephemera, and other intersections of text and image. The New York Review of Books, "Megan N. Liberty," 24 Nov. 2018

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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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ephemera

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ephemera

: things that are important or useful for only a short time : items that were not meant to have lasting value

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