Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[eb-uh n] /ˈɛb ən/
ebony (def 6).
Origin of ebon
1350-1400; Middle English eban, ebyn ebony < Anglo-French eban(ne), Old French eban, ebaine < Medieval Latin ebanus, for Latin (h)ebenus < Greek ébenos, of Semitic orig. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ebon
Historical Examples
  • His three remaining teeth were ebon from excessive betel-chewing.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • The ebon cloud was breaking, but torrents of rain continued to descend.

  • McGuire was still sitting there, a bright blue needle that reflected the distant sun as it moved across the ebon sky.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The black thread crept like an ebon stain into the woof of the carpet.

  • Her oval cheeks grew hollow, her complexion faded to a sickly sallow, her ebon hair whitened, and deep lines came in the wan face.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • An expression of displeasure passed over the ebon countenance.

    The Phantom of the River Edward S. Ellis
  • Dark as it had been without, it was light compared to the ebon blackness within.

  • Be they ebon or blond, Of the gals I am fond; I am dreadfully fond of the gals!

  • There was the tawny, but intelligent Mandingo, and by his side the Jolof of ebon hue.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • She tossed her ebon tresses over her; she fixed her ebon eyes on him.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for ebon


noun, adjective
a poetic word for ebony
Word Origin
C14: from Latin hebenus; see ebony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ebon

"ebony wood, ebony tree," mid-15c.; see ebony. Figurative sense of "dark, black" is from 1590s; in some cases a poetic shortening of ebony.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ebon

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ebon

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ebon