What does the word ephemeral mean?

Usage examples for ephemeral

  1. It would be an ephemeral reputation. – Berenice by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. She was of too strong a mind, of too clear an intellect, to value the ephemeral influence enjoyed by wealth or beauty; she wanted to reign, to rule, to govern, and as that was no longer a possibility in the political world, she resolved upon seeking some new sphere where she would always be first. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams
  3. The effect of the book will probably not last very long,- already it has been called an ephemeral sensation,- but it was immediate and tremendous. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps