a warning to be on the lookout for a missing child, sent out by the police over an emergency system that uses radio and TV broadcasts, roadside electronic displays, etc.
Origin of Amber Alertafter Amber Hagerman (1986-96), child abducted and murdered
A message that conveys information about a recently missing or abducted person, usually displayed on electronic signs positioned along roadways and broadcast especially by radio, intended to enlist the public's help in finding the abducted person and often in catching the abductor.
Origin of Amber AlertAfter Amber, Hagerman (1987–1996), American child kidnapped and murdered in Texas.
(plural amber alerts)
- (US, Canada) A public notification of a child abduction.
After Amber Hagerman. The spelling in all caps indicates a backronym, America's Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response.