Definitions for ephemeralɪˈfɛm ər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•phem•er•alɪˈfɛm ər əl(adj.)

  1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory.

  2. lasting but one day:

    an ephemeral flower.

  3. (n.)anything short-lived, as certain insects.

Origin of ephemeral:

1570–80; < Gk ephḗmer(os) short-lived, lasting but a day



Princeton's WordNet

  1. ephemeron, ephemeral(adj)

    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form

  2. ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious(adj)

    lasting a very short time

    "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"


  1. ephemeral(Noun)

    Something which lasts for a short period of time.

  2. ephemeral(Adjective)

    Lasting for a short period of time.

  3. ephemeral(Adjective)

    Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases.

  4. ephemeral(Adjective)

    Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ephemeral(adj)

    beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower

  2. Ephemeral(adj)

    short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only

  3. Ephemeral(noun)

    anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral plant, insect, etc


  1. Ephemeral

    Ephemeral things are transitory, existing only briefly. Typically the term is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things.


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