Thursday, May 04, 2000
ephemeral adjective [ih-FEM-er-ul] Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; as, an ephemeral flower.
Definitions for ephemeral
- Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; as, an ephemeral flower.
- Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.
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Citations for ephemeral
Success is very ephemeral. You depend entirely on the desire of others, which makes it difficult to relax.
In "Mississippi Mermaid," the planter character played by Belmondo, a fellow who has sought a safe, permanent love, is liberated when he chooses to follow the ephemeral.
Origin of ephemeral
Ephemeral derives from Greek ephemeros, from epi, upon + hemera, day.