[ ih-fem-er-uhl ]
/ ɪˈfɛm ər əl /
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
anything short-lived, as certain insects.
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Origin of ephemeral
ANTONYMS FOR ephemeral
OTHER WORDS FROM ephemeral
e·phem·er·al·ly, adverbe·phem·er·al·ness, nounnon·e·phem·er·al, adjectivenon·e·phem·er·al·ly, adverb
un·e·phem·er·al, adjectiveun·e·phem·er·al·ly, adverb
Words nearby ephemeral
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British Dictionary definitions for non-ephemeral
/ (ɪˈfɛmərəl) /
lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-livedephemeral pleasure
a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
Derived forms of ephemeralephemerally, adverbephemerality or ephemeralness, noun
Word Origin for ephemeral
C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day
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