lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
anything short-lived, as certain insects.
Origin: 1570–80; Related forms
< Greek ephḗmer
) short-lived, lasting but a day (ep- ep-
) day + -os
adj. suffix) + -al1
1. fleeting, evanescent, transient, momentary, brief.