a. short-lived; enduring a very short time
The mayfly is an ephemeral creature: its adult life lasts little more than a day.
But sometimes there’s a photograph that really matters, one that I want to elevate above the ephemeral stream that I’ll forget about by the end of the day.
Sentence in Classic:
It was during an access of this kind that I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificence, the eternity of such scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral, because human, sorrows.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
These tinctured the silent bosom of the clouds above them and lit up their ephemeral caves, which seemed thenceforth to become scalding caldrons.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
Provincial diffidence, that slight varnish, the ephemeral flower, that down of the peach, had evaporated to the winds through the little orthodox counsels which the three Musketeers gave their friend.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context