noun, plural eb·on·ies.
Examples from the Web for ebony
“I remember saying, ‘Oh my God, Mom, you have to move,’” Ebony remembers.
Afterward, Ebony went to the apartment where her mother had made such a valiant stand.
That did not preclude Ebony Jones from speaking about her mother.
Ebony took a place around the corner, close enough to check in on her mother every day without infringing on her independence.
Ebony had been 12 when her mother was suddenly deprived of her livelihood.
The walls are wainscoted with the brave old English oak, far advanced in its seeming transformation into ebony.
In his heaven of fire, glass, and ebony he is the blazing Lucifer.Egoists|James Huneker
He saw that disdain, that it was shallow and streaked with ebony.Foes|Mary Johnston
Brass and ebony were a favourite combination at one time, the two layers being glued together with paper between.Carpentry and Woodwork|Edwin W. Foster
So the baulk of timber was brought—a vast trunk of ebony which a man could scarcely clasp round with his arms.Patraas|R. H. Busk
British Dictionary definitions for ebony
noun plural -onies
- a black colour, sometimes with a dark olive tinge
- (as adjective)an ebony skin
Word Origin for ebony
Word Origin and History for ebony
1590s, from hebenyf (late 14c.), perhaps a Middle English misreading of Latin hebeninus "of ebony," from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos "ebony," probably from Egyptian hbnj or another Semitic source. Figurative use to suggest intense blackness is from 1620s. As an adjective, from 1590s. French ébène, Old High German ebenus (German Ebenholz) are from Latin ebenus.