Definition of ephemera
1: something of no lasting significance —usually used in plural
2: ephemera plural: paper items (such as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles
Plural: ephemera, also ephemerae
Word origin: New Latin, from Greek ephēmera, neuter plural of ephēmeros
Use it in a sentence: My friend Susan has an impressive collection of interesting ephemera that she uses for her mixed-media collage art.
Notes: I love this dreamy-sounding word; it’s soft, easy to say, and has a soothing rhythm. It feels like a sheer and gauzy material (maybe in a deep blue or purple shade). It has four syllables and sounds like a word you might hear in a Decemberists song, yet it doesn’t seem to put on any airs. I didn’t know until today that ‘ephemera’ isn’t the word’s only plural form, but if I go around saying ‘ephemerae,’ I’ll sound like I’m taking myself too seriously–and life is too ephemeral for such affectation. 😆