Glowing charcoal embers.
An example of an ember is a the orange piece of coal in a BBQ grill.
- a glowing piece of coal, wood, etc. from a fire; esp., such a piece smoldering among ashes
- [pl.] the smoldering remains of a fire
Origin of emberMiddle English eymere and (with intrusive -b) eymbre from Old English æmerge (& Old Norse eimyrja) from æm- (akin to Old Norse eimr, steam) + -yrge (akin to Old Norse ysja, fire) from Indo-European base an unverified form eus-, to burn from source Classical Latin urere, to burn
Origin of emberMiddle English (SE dialect, dialectal ) embyr-, as in embyr-dayes from Old English ymbren, literally , a coming around from ymbryne, circuit, revolution from ymb, round (akin to ambi-) + ryne, a running ( from base of run)
- A small, glowing piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire.
- embers The smoldering coal or ash of a dying fire.
Origin of emberMiddle English embre from Old English ǣmerge
From Old English ǣmyrge, from Proto-Germanic *aim-uzjon; see also Swedish mörja (“embers”), Danish emmer, Old High German eimuria (“pyre”); the b is intrusive and was added in English for ease of pronunciation when the vowel of the second syllable (y) disappeared; from Proto-Germanic *aima (“ashes”), ultimately from two Proto-Indo-European roots meaning "to burn:" *h₂eidʰ- ‘burn; fire’ - (compare Old High German eit (“funeral pile”), Welsh aidd (“zeal, heat”), Old Irish aed (“fire”), Sanskrit इन्ध (indha, “burst into flames”), Ancient Greek αιτηειν (aitēein, “to burn”); and *uzjo (“to burn”), from *eus (“to burn”); see also Latin urere (“to singe, burn”).
Middle English ymber (“running around, circuit”)