Definition of amber in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈambər/


1Hard translucent fossilized resin produced by extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in color.

Amber has been used in jewelry since antiquity. It is found chiefly along the southern shores of the Baltic Sea; pieces often contain the bodies of trapped insects. When rubbed, amber becomes charged with static electricity: the word electric is derived from the Greek word for amber.

Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, dinosaurs almost never get trapped in tree amber.
  • Whether buying the spiced local gingerbread or scouting for the region's best amber, it's hard to resist picking something up.
  • The 130-million-year-old spider silk was found in fossilized amber from Lebanon.
1.1A honey-yellow color typical of amber.
Example sentences
  • These letters come in three colours - green, amber and red.
  • Even at this time of the year, the very beginning of summer, it sprawls dry, thorny and desiccated, in shades of tan, amber, and a hundred browns.
  • Furniture includes chairs and couches upholstered in amber, magenta, and burgundy.
1.2A yellow light used as a cautionary signal between green for “go” and red for “stop”: the lights were at amber
More example sentences
  • He warned that cyclists ran the same risk of being stopped as drivers for going through reds or late ambers.
  • The signal, a red, green or amber light to direct traffic to stop, proceed with caution or go, revolutionized traffic control.
  • The signal lights blinking only amber meant that one hapless policeman made a valiant effort to control traffic which seemed to swamp him from all directions.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'ambergris'): from Old French ambre, from Arabicanbar 'ambergris', later 'amber'.

  • Amber comes from Arabic ‘anbar, which also meant ‘ambergris’ a wax-like substance used in the manufacture of perfume that originates as a secretion of the sperm whale. See also electricity. Much more appealing is amber nectar, which was popularized as an advertising slogan for Fosters lager from 1986. It goes back much further than that, though, and has been a slang term for beer since the 1890s, especially in Australia.

Words that rhyme with amber

camber, caramba, clamber, Cochabamba, gamba, mamba, Maramba, samba, timbre

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Syllabification: am·ber

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