Amber Alert

or AMBER Alert


a public alert system that spreads information about missing persons by using the broadcast media and electronic billboards on highways.
a public message or announcement that uses this system.

Origin of Amber Alert

acronym from America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response; named after Amber Hagerman, a girl kidnapped and murdered in Texas in 1996 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for amber alert

Amber alert


US and Canadian a notification to the general public, such as by commercial radio or electronic traffic-condition signs, regarding an abduction of a child

Word Origin for Amber alert

C20: named after Amber Hagerman, a child who was abducted and murdered in 1996 in Arlington, Texas
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