Ephemeral meaning

ĭ-fĕmər-əl
The definition of ephemeral is something that has a very short lifespan or lasts for a very short time.

An example of ephemeral is a plant blossom that only lasts one day.

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Short-lived; transitory.

Ephemeral glory.

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Something, especially a plant, that is ephemeral.
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An ephemeral thing; specif., an organism with a brief life cycle.
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Lasting for a short period of time.
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Lasting only one day.
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Temporary. Fleeting. Transitory. See ephemeral message app.
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Something which lasts for a short period of time.
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(biology) Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases.
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(geology, of a body of water) Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation.
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Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
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Lasting for a markedly brief time.
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Origin of ephemeral

  • From Greek ephēmeros ep-, epi- epi- hēmerā day

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin ephemerus, from Ancient Greek ἐφήμερος (ephēmeros), the more common form of ἐφημέριος (ephemerios, “of, for, or during the day, living or lasting but for a day, short-lived, temporary”), from ἐπί (epi, “on”) + ἡμέρα (hēmera, “day”).

    From Wiktionary