Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[em-ber] /ˈɛm bər/
a small live piece of coal, wood, etc., as in a dying fire.
embers, the smoldering remains of a fire.
Origin of ember
before 1000; Middle English eemer, emeri, Old English ǣmerge, ǣmyrie (cognate with Old Norse eimyrja, Old High German eimuria), equivalent to ǣm- (cognate with Old Norse eimr steam) + -erge, -yrie, akin to Old English ys(e)le ember, Latin ūrere to burn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ember
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • A dark body leaped away and an ember of the fire, flaring up just then, revealed a small animal.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • “I will not forget your warning,” Prince ember promised him.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Yet the place where they trod was bright about them, made so by the ruddy glow which streamed from the figure of Prince ember.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Prince ember, seeing her silent, guessed nothing of her thoughts.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Prince ember sprang to his feet, his eyes kindling with eagerness.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • Meanwhile Prince ember was thinking of his great debt to the Elf.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
  • "In the corner where you put us," Coal and ember growled with one voice.

  • "So I discovered," said ember, with his quiet, engaging smile.

    The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
  • ember seemed to be labouring under the misapprehension that the Fiske place was without a tenant.

    The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for ember


a glowing or smouldering piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire
the fading remains of a past emotion: the embers of his love
Word Origin
Old English ǣmyrge; related to Old Norse eimyrja ember, eimr smoke, Old High German eimuria ember
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 ember

Old English æmerge "ember," merged with or influenced by Old Norse eimyrja, both from Proto-Germanic *aim-uzjon- "ashes" (cf. Middle Low German emere, Old High German eimuria, German Ammern); a compound from *aima- "ashes" (from PIE root *ai- "to burn;" see edifice) + *uzjo- "to burn" (from PIE root *eus- "to burn;" cf. Latin urere "to burn, singe"). The -b- is intrusive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ember

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ember

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ember