noun \ˈərn\

: a container that is often shaped like a vase with a closed top and that is used to hold the ashes of someone who has been cremated

: a closed container with a faucet near the bottom which is used to serve hot drinks

Full Definition of URN

:  a vessel that is typically an ornamental vase on a pedestal and that is used for various purposes (as preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation)
:  a closed vessel usually with a spigot for serving a hot beverage <a coffee urn>

Origin of URN

Middle English urne, from Latin urna
First Known Use: 14th century


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