Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ebony”


noun [U] uk   /ˈeb.ən.i/ us  

ebony noun [U] (WOOD)

a very hard dark wood of a tropical tree, used especially for making furnitureTypes of wood


adjective uk   /ˈeb.ən.i/ literary us  

ebony adjective (BLACK)

black: her ebony hairBlack, white and grey
(Definition of ebony from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ebony?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ebony” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More