Definition of ephemera in English:

ephemera

Line breaks: ephem|era
Pronunciation: /ɪˈfɛm(ə)rə
 
, -ˈfiːm-/

noun

1Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time: there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera
More example sentences
  • If you're an aficionado of arcane ephemera, you'll enjoy flipping through this at least once.
  • Load up on cool ephemera and tacky souvenirs: NYPD snow domes, stick-on bullet holes, match books, carrier bags, free postcards, anything that says I heart NY.
  • They were part of our lifetime, and their ephemera exists, pristine and whole, not yet chipped or broken, faulty with age, and to me, they are proof positive that monsters are real.
1.1Collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity: Mickey Mouse ephemera
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  • In effect, therefore, each participant was left to decide whether ‘snapshot’ constituted a category of one's own camera activity, a variety of keepsake, or a genre of collectible ephemera.
  • As an ephemera collector from way back, I am particular vexed by the suggestion that history holds negligible value in a culture dominated by technological excess.
  • This show of some 165 prints and related ephemera is the first in-depth assessment of the artist's work.

Origin

late 16th century: plural of ephemeron, from Greek, neuter of ephēmeros 'lasting only a day'. As a singular noun the word originally denoted a plant said by ancient writers to last only one day, or an insect with a short lifespan, and hence was applied (late 18th century) to a person or thing of short-lived interest. Current use has been influenced by plurals such as trivia and memorabilia.

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