noun van·i·ty \ˈva-nə-tē\

: 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

plural van·i·ties

Full Definition of VANITY

:  something that is vain, empty, or valueless
:  the quality or fact of being vain
:  inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance :  conceit
:  a fashionable trifle or knickknack
a :  3compact a
b :  a small case or handbag for toilet articles used by women
a :  dressing table
b :  a bathroom cabinet containing a sink and usually having a countertop

Examples of VANITY

  1. The handsome actor's vanity was well-known.
  2. She described her accomplishments without exaggeration or vanity.

Origin 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

Rhymes with VANITY



Definition of VANITY

:  of, relating to, or being a work (as a book or recording) whose production cost is paid by the author or artist
:  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

circa 1925
VANITIES Defined for Kids


noun van·i·ty \ˈva-nə-tē\
plural van·i·ties

Definition of VANITY for Kids

:  the quality or fact of being vain
:  something that is vain
:  a small box for cosmetics


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