Definition of amber in US English:

amber

noun

  • 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

    • ‘The amber had broken loose from its setting, cracked open.’
    • ‘The fossilized sap from sweetgum trees, containing ancient and extinct insects, is prized as amber.’
    • ‘The 130-million-year-old spider silk was found in fossilized amber from Lebanon.’
    • ‘Costume jewellery is another omnipresent tourist attraction, but be aware that the amber shops are often tacky and low quality, and amber isn't even local.’
    • ‘The best-preserved are those found in amber, which is actually fossilized sap from ancient trees.’
    • ‘Because of its fossil fuel deposits, England was a good source of jet, which, like amber, is a fossil closely related to coal.’
    • ‘If you rub a glass rod with a silk cloth or if you rub a piece of amber with wool, the glass and amber will develop a static charge that can attract small bits of paper or plastic.’
    • ‘This alone should make the book desirable for those interested in amber or aficionados of fossil insects and spiders.’
    • ‘A few fossil slime molds have been found in amber.’
    • ‘Thirty percent of rough amber is waste, but some waste amber pieces were used to make pressed amber in the Russian factory.’
    • ‘Amber is one of the better preservatives of DNA, so dinosaur DNA in amber would be good.’
    • ‘Grimaldi studies insect fossils in both amber and stone.’
    • ‘One of the reasons the room was sought after by him was that he had been advised by his doctors to spend regular periods in the curative field of amber.’
    • ‘When we began our investigations on the amber, we were unaware of the stability of the resin.’
    • ‘By one count, 500 extinct spider species have been found in amber from Europe's Baltic region alone.’
    • ‘He jets to concerts, has several luxury cars and collects fossils in prehistoric amber.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, dinosaurs almost never get trapped in tree amber.’
    • ‘Robin's particular area of interest is amber - he buys and sells amber from all over the world and has opened a small museum in the town.’
    • ‘Whether buying the spiced local gingerbread or scouting for the region's best amber, it's hard to resist picking something up.’
    • ‘The page includes a nice photo of a Cretaceous insect in amber.’
    1. 1.1 A honey-yellow color typical of amber.
      ‘her eyes were green flecked with amber’
      as modifier ‘amber eyes’
      • ‘The grapes are amber to yellow-green in colour, thin skinned with firm, rich, moderately juicy, finely flavoured flesh.’
      • ‘He stood amongst them, the dark green and lavender of his house standing out against the soldiers' blues and ambers.’
      • ‘Furniture includes chairs and couches upholstered in amber, magenta, and burgundy.’
      • ‘Rastrelli was the first to include the tall narrow mirrors to give the new room the appearance of being completely covered with amber.’
      • ‘Her eyes were a light brown, so light they almost looked amber.’
      • ‘The dominant colours in his works are blues, greys, pale greens and gloomy ambers.’
      • ‘As she walked over to the console, Krys took note of the small amber light glowing from the edge of the security screen.’
      • ‘These letters come in three colours - green, amber and red.’
      • ‘It was amber, just the colour of his girlfriend's hair when it reflected back the sunlight.’
      • ‘Although pupils at Belle Vue Boys school used to wear claret and amber uniforms, they are not the civic colours of Manningham or Bradford.’
      • ‘The phoenix left a fiery trail behind it in the colour of soft amber.’
      • ‘Golden amber in colour, the wine takes time to open, but then displays a warm, honeyed aroma with a short, spicy finish.’
      • ‘It was reported that it took eleven years just to research and revive the old techniques used and to study old photos to match at least thirteen various tints of amber.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The trees were brightly colored; the golds and reds and ambers of the Harvest.’
      • ‘The former is awash with vibrant pinks, ambers and gold.’
      • ‘Red rock canyon walls and deep, sandy washes are painted with enough flaming titian reds and glowing ambers to make a painter weep.’
      • ‘Tony's eyes (Complete with amber contacts) widened and he turned to me.’
      • ‘The sun bathed his chestnut brown hair in light, turning it amber.’
      • ‘However, there are some unusual Russian and Balkan sauerkrauts tinted amber with quince and pink with beetroot.’
    2. 1.2 A yellow light used as a cautionary signal between green for “go” and red for “stop”
      ‘the lights were at amber’
      • ‘The light's been red for about five seconds, your light has just flashed amber and is about to go green, and they're still going through the junction in a nice steady stream of traffic.’
      • ‘He hopes the food labelling system, possibly using traffic light red, amber and green warnings, will also help people help themselves.’
      • ‘He warned that cyclists ran the same risk of being stopped as drivers for going through reds or late ambers.’
      • ‘They have also set aside funds for flashing amber lights and are currently in consultation with the Department of Education to take this forward.’
      • ‘On the road, flashing red or amber lights means traffic from all directions has right of way.’
      • ‘She had covered most of the distance when the light turned amber, then green, thus confirming her hypothesis.’
      • ‘Clearly no-one ever taught him what the purpose of those red, amber and green lights is.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Turning traffic lights to flash amber is not the answer to congestion and we need to see real progress on the bypass.’
      • ‘The judgements are made on a traffic lights system, with red signalling poor standards, amber acceptable and green good.’
      • ‘It's a series of traffic lights - green, amber, and red - that are within the view of the candidates.’
      • ‘We will take the time available, looking at the red and green lights and hoping for amber.’
      • ‘Projects are rated with red, amber or green lights.’
      • ‘The signal, a red, green or amber light to direct traffic to stop, proceed with caution or go, revolutionized traffic control.’
      • ‘As Jim looked at a control pad next to the door leading to the ship a light on it blinked amber, and then turned to green.’
      • ‘I had a dream that the government changed all the traffic lights from red, amber, and green to just red and green.’
      • ‘The lights changed from amber and then to green.’
      yellowish, yellowy, lemon, lemony, amber, gold, golden
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Origin

Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘ambergris’): from Old French ambre, from Arabic ‘anbar ‘ambergris’, later ‘amber’.

Pronunciation

amber

/ˈæmbər//ˈambər/