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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English ǣmyrge, from Proto-Germanic *aimuzjǭ, a compound of *aimaz +‎ *uzjǭ. The latter is from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ews- (to burn). The b is intrusive and was added in English for ease of pronunciation when the vowel of the second syllable (y) disappeared.

See also Swedish mörja (embers), Danish emmer, Old High German eimuria (pyre).


ember (plural embers)

  1. A glowing piece of coal or wood.
  2. Smoldering ash.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English ymber (running around, circuit)


ember (not comparable)

  1. Making a circuit of the year or the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year, as certain religious days set apart for fasting and prayer.
    ember fasts
    ember days
    ember weeks

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ember in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Alternative forms[edit]


Unknown origin. Might be a compound derived from the same root as magyar, which derives from Old Hungarian mogyër. In that case, it is most likely from Proto-Uralic *irkä or *ürkä (man, son, boy).


  • IPA(key): [ˈɛmbɛr]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: em‧ber


ember (plural emberek)

  1. human, man or woman
  2. one, anybody (any person)
    • 1922, Zsigmond Móricz, Tündérkert,[1] book 1, chapter 9:
      Az ebédrehívás mindannyiuknak jólesett, mert az ember megéhezik a sok beszéd közt s a háború félelmében.
      The invitation to lunch made all of them feel good, for anyone would get hungry from much talk and the fear of the war


Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative ember emberek
accusative embert embereket
dative embernek embereknek
instrumental emberrel emberekkel
causal-final emberért emberekért
translative emberré emberekké
terminative emberig emberekig
essive-formal emberként emberekként
essive-modal emberül
inessive emberben emberekben
superessive emberen embereken
adessive embernél embereknél
illative emberbe emberekbe
sublative emberre emberekre
allative emberhez emberekhez
elative emberből emberekből
delative emberről emberekről
ablative embertől emberektől
Possessive forms of ember
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. emberem embereim
2nd person sing. embered embereid
3rd person sing. embere emberei
1st person plural emberünk embereink
2nd person plural emberetek embereitek
3rd person plural emberük embereik

Derived terms[edit]

(Compound words):




From Dutch emmer.



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