- noun a grey dust left after something has burnt
- noun a type of tree that grows in the northern part of Europe
- noun a hardwood tree.
- noun a grey or black powder formed of minerals left after an organic substance has been burnt
- A sturdy, long-grained hardwood with excellent bending qualities. This wood is used in veneers, trim, and flooring.
- acronym forAction on Smoking and Health (written as ASH)
- noun an international organisation which promotes the rights of non-smokers.
Origin & History of “ash”
there are two distinct words ash in English: ash the tree and ash ‘burnt material’. The tree (Old English æsc) comes from a prehistoric Germanic *askiz, which in turn derived from the Indo-European base *os-; this was the source of several tree-names in other Indo-European languages, not all of them by any means corresponding to the ash: Latin ornus, for instance, meant ‘elm’, and Albanian ah is ‘beech’. Ash as in ‘cigarette ash’ is a descendant of Old English æsce. It has cognate forms in other Germanic languages (German asche, Dutch asch, Swedish aska), pointing to a prehistoric Germanic *azgon, which may be related to the Latin verbs ārēre ‘be dry’ (source of English arid) and ārdēre ‘burn’ (source of English ardent, ardour, and arson).