Ephemeral Definition

ĭ-fĕmər-əl
adjective
Lasting only one day.
Webster's New World
Short-lived; transitory.
Ephemeral glory.
Webster's New World
Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
American Heritage
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.
YourDictionary
(geology, of a body of water) Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation.
Wiktionary
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noun
An ephemeral thing; specif., an organism with a brief life cycle.
Webster's New World

Something which lasts for a short period of time.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Ephemeral

Noun

Singular:
ephemeral
Plural:
ephemerals

Origin of Ephemeral

  • 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

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

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

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