Simple Definition of vanity
: the quality of people who have too much pride in their own appearance, abilities, achievements, etc. : the quality of being vain
: something (such as a belief or a way of behaving) which shows that you have too much pride in yourself, your social status, etc.
: a bathroom cabinet that is covered by a sink and a countertop
Full Definition of vanityplural
1 : something that is vain, empty, or valueless
2 : the quality or fact of being vain
3 : inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance : conceit
4 : a fashionable trifle or knickknack
5 a : 3compact a b : a small case or handbag for toilet articles used by women
6 a : dressing table b : a bathroom cabinet containing a sink and usually having a countertop
Examples of vanity in a sentence
The handsome actor's vanity was well-known.
She described her accomplishments without exaggeration or vanity.
Origin and Etymology of vanity
Middle English vanite, from Anglo-French vanité, from Latin vanitat-, vanitas quality of being empty or vain, from vanus empty, vain — more at wane
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of vanity
1 : of, relating to, or being a work (as a book or recording) whose production cost is paid by the author or artist
2 : of, relating to, or being a showcase for a usually famous performer or artist who is often also the project's creator or driving force <write, direct, and star in a vanity film>
First Known Use of vanity
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Definition of vanity for Students
1 : the quality or fact of being vain
2 : something that is vain
3 : a small box for cosmetics
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