Definition of amber in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈambə


[mass noun]
  • 1Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.
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    • 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 colour typical of amber: [as modifier]: amber eyes
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    • 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
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    • 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 Arabic ‘anbar 'ambergris', later 'amber'.

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