Definition of ember in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈembər/


(usually embers)
A small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire: the dying embers in the fireplace figurative the flickering embers of nationalism
More example sentences
  • Hunter returned to his place by Missy's side in front of the glowing embers of the dying fire laid in the black iron stove.
  • A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.
  • The dying embers of the fire flickered and he squinted to get a feel of his surroundings.
glowing coal, live coal;
(embersashes, residue


Old English ǣmyrge, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German eimuria 'pyre', Danish emmer, Swedish mörja 'embers'. The b was added in English for ease of pronunciation when the vowel of the second syllable (y) disappeared.

Words that rhyme with ember

Bemba, December, member, November, Pemba, September

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Syllabification: em·ber

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