What does Ebony mean?

Definitions for Ebony
ˈɛb ə niebony

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot blacknoun

    a very dark black

  2. ebonynoun

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

  3. ebony, ebony tree, Diospyros ebenumadjective

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

  4. ebon, ebonyadjective

    of a very dark black


  1. ebonynoun

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

  2. ebonynoun

    A tree that yields such wood.

  3. ebonynoun

    A black key on a piano or other keyboard instrument

  4. ebonyadjective

    Made of ebony wood.

  5. ebonyadjective

    A deep, dark black colour.

  6. ebonyadjective

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

  7. Ebonynoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Eben, Ebon, Ebonynoun

    A hard, heavy, black, valuable wood, which admits a fine gloss.

    Etymology: ebenus, Latin.

    If the wood be very hard, as ebony, or lignum vitæ, they are to turn: they use not the same tools they do for soft woods. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exercises.

    Oft by the winds extinct the signal lies,
    Or smother’d in the glimmering socket dies,
    Ere night has half roll’d round her ebony throne. John Gay, Triv.


  1. ebony

    Ebony is a monthly magazine that focuses on news, culture, and entertainment. Its target audience is the African-American community, and its coverage includes the lifestyles and accomplishments of influential black people, fashion, beauty, and politics.Ebony magazine was founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, for his Johnson Publishing Company. He sought to address African-American issues, personalities and interests in a positive and self-affirming manner. Its cover photography typically showcases prominent African-American public figures, including entertainers and politicians, such as Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, U.S. First lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Tyrese Gibson, and Tyler Perry. Each year, Ebony selects the "100 Most Influential Blacks in America".After 71 years, in June 2016, Johnson Publishing sold both Ebony and Jet, another Johnson publication, to a private equity firm called Clear View Group. The new publisher is known as Ebony Media Corporation. After the publication went bankrupt in July 2020, it was purchased for $14 million by Junior Bridgeman in December 2020.


  1. ebony

    Ebony is a dark, dense, and highly valued hardwood that is derived primarily from trees belonging to the Diospyros genus. It is known for its deep black or dark brown color, typically with a very fine and smooth grain. Ebony is prized for its natural beauty, durability, and luxurious aesthetic, making it a popular choice for high-end furniture, musical instruments, decorative objects, and other luxury items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ebonynoun

    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. Ebonyadjective

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

  3. Etymology: [F. bne, L. ebenus, fr. Gr. ; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. hobnm, pl. Cf. Ebon.]


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ebony

    A sobriquet for a negro.

Editors Contribution

  1. EBONY

    A color or shade of that which arrives upon the darkest or the darker shades of the color wheel. Though not consistent or in correlation with the color of black. Often used as a sensual description for a darker or deeper color of the brown's or of the natural sun's eventual sign's of aging an item, an entity or an object.

    Submitted by rinat on May 26, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ebony in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ebony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Ebony in a Sentence

  1. Christen Kuikoua:

    I embrace the honor of being called black, for within the ebony tapestry of my identity lies a crown of resilience, a testament to the majestic strength that resides within the human spirit. Black is not a mere hue; it is a regal symbol of endurance, a crown we proudly bear upon our heads as a reminder of the indomitable pride and unyielding spirit that define our existence.”

  2. Ebony Cormier:

    Just dealing with the whole criminal justice system throughout that process, I knew if we had more money to get Ebony Cormier a better attorney, it would have been a different outcome.

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