- deathlike grayness; extreme pallor suggestive of death.
- ruins, especially the residue of something destroyed; remains; vestiges: the ashes of their love; the ashes of the past.
- mortal remains, especially the physical or corporeal body as liable to decay.
- anything, as an act, gesture, speech, or feeling, that is symbolic of penance, regret, remorse, or the like.
Origin of ash1
Origin of ash2
Examples from the Web for ashes
“At one point they were going to perform a burial ceremony with the ashes,” he says.
In the not-so-distant future, an independent country, which belongs to Kurds, will rise from these wants, pains, fire and ashes.Dear Turkish PM: It’s Time to Act to Save Kobani’s Kurds|Bahman Ghobani|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ashes & Fire, a pleasant, folky, water-treading effort, followed in 2011.
The Oberhausen aquarium erected a memorial of the psychic octopus with a golden urn containing his ashes.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer|Emily Shire|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Operation Paperclip, born of the ashes of World War II, was the inciting incident in this hall of mirrors.What Cold War CIA Interrogators Learned from the Nazis|Annie Jacobsen|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To be sure, there were some ashes and a little dirt in the soup, but that was not regarded as important.Blackfeet Indian Stories|George Bird Grinnell
His body was afterwards burned, and the ashes conveyed to Quito.
A new house is put up over the ashes of the one in which your husband lived while he was here.A Mortal Antipathy|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
She turns as pale as ashes, and drops back on the sofa, and says, faintly: 'It is my husband.The Queen of Hearts|Wilkie Collins
The roots are used as fuel; and their ashes make excellent ley for the manufacture of soap.
Word Origin for Ashes
Word Origin for ash
Word Origin for ash
n acronym for (in Britain)
"powdery remains of fire," Old English æsce "ash," from Proto-Germanic *askon (cf. Old Norse and Swedish aska, Old High German asca, German asche, Gothic azgo "ashes"), from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (cf. Sanskrit asah "ashes, dust," Armenian azazem "I dry up," Greek azein "to dry up, parch," Latin ardus "parched, dry"). Spanish and Portuguese ascua "red-hot coal" are Germanic loan-words.
Symbol of grief or repentance; hence Ash Wednesday (c.1300), from custom introduced by Pope Gregory the Great of sprinkling ashes on the heads of penitents on the first day of Lent. Ashes meaning "mortal remains of a person" is late 13c., in reference to the ancient custom of cremation.
type of tree, Old English æsc "ash tree," also "spear made of ash wood," from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz (cf. Old Norse askr, Old Saxon ask, Middle Dutch esce, German Esche), from PIE root *os- "ash tree" (cf. Armenian haci "ash tree," Albanian ah "beech," Greek oxya "beech," Latin ornus "wild mountain ash," Russian jasen, Lithuanian uosis "ash"). Ash was the preferred wood for spear-shafts, so Old English æsc sometimes meant "spear" (cf. æsc-here "company armed with spears").