ephemera

noun ephem·era \ i-ˈfe-mər-ə , -ˈfem-rə \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of ephemera

plural ephemera also ephemerae play \i-ˈfe-mər-ē, -ˈfem-rē\ or ephemeras
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

  1. He has a large collection of old menus and other ephemera.

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Origin and Etymology of ephemera

New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros


EPHEMERA Defined for English Language Learners

ephemera

noun

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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