Definitions for ebonyˈɛb ə ni

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word ebony

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

eb•on•yˈɛb ə ni(n.; adj.)(pl.)-on•ies

  1. (n.)a hard, heavy, durable, dark wood from tropical trees of the African and Asian genus Diospyros, of the ebony family, used for cabinetwork, ornamental objects, etc.

    Category: Furniture

  2. any tree yielding such wood.

    Category: Furniture, Plants

  3. a deep, lustrous black.

  4. (adj.)made of ebony.

    Category: Furniture

  5. of a deep, lustrous black.

Origin of ebony:

1590–1600; earlier hebeny; see ebon ; -y perh. after ivory

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot black(noun)

    a very dark black

  2. ebony(noun)

    hard dark-colored heartwood of the ebony tree; used in cabinetwork and for piano keys

  3. ebony, ebony tree, Diospyros ebenum(adj)

    tropical tree of southern Asia having hard dark-colored heartwood used in cabinetwork

  4. ebon, ebony(adj)

    of a very dark black

Wiktionary

  1. ebony(Noun)

    A hard, heavy, deep black wood from various subtropical and tropical trees, especially of the genus Diospyros.

  2. ebony(Noun)

    A tree that yields such wood.

  3. ebony(Noun)

    A black key on a piano or other keyboard instrument

  4. ebony(Adjective)

    Made of ebony wood.

  5. ebony(Adjective)

    A deep, dark black colour.

  6. ebony(Adjective)

    Dark-skinned; black; especially in reference to African-Americans

  7. Ebony(ProperNoun)

    from the noun ebony, of mostly African-American usage since the mid-twentieth century.

  8. Origin: Earlier hebeny, from ebenif, hebenyf (influenced by Late Latin hebeninus), from ebenius, from hebenus, from Ancient Greek ἔβενος, from 3341321633ED31B1.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ebony(noun)

    a hard, heavy, and durable wood, which admits of a fine polish or gloss. The usual color is black, but it also occurs red or green

  2. Ebony(adj)

    made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black; as, an ebony countenance

Freebase

  1. Ebony

    Ebony is a dense black wood, most commonly yielded by several species in the genus Diospyros, but may also refer to other heavy, black woods from unrelated species. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. Its fine texture and very smooth finish when polished, make it valuable as an ornamental wood. The word "ebony" derives from the Ancient Egyptian hbny, via the Ancient Greek ἔβενος, by way of Latin and Middle English.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ebony

    a name given to Blackwood by James Hogg, and eventually applied to his magazine.


Translations for ebony

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ebony

noun, adjective (of) a type of wood, usually black and almost as heavy and hard as stone.

Get even more translations for ebony »

Translation

Find a translation for the ebony definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these ebony definitions with the community:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"ebony." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 1 Sep. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/ebony>.

Are we missing a good definition for ebony?


The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network


Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for ebony: