oa·​sis | \ ō-ˈā-səs How to pronounce oasis (audio) \
plural oases\ ō-​ˈā-​ˌsēz How to pronounce oases (audio) \

Definition of oasis

1 : a fertile or green area in an arid region (such as a desert) The caravan stopped to rest at an oasis.
2 : something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast The small park is a welcome oasis amid the city's many factories.

Examples of oasis in a Sentence

The small park is a welcome oasis amid the city's many factories. Our brief trip to the beach was a much-needed oasis in a summer of hard work.
Recent Examples on the Web West Elm and Don Julio Tequila have teamed up to give one lucky winner $5,000 to turn their home into a perfect summer oasis this year, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Jalisco, Mexico, to visit the home of Don Julio next year. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Win a Trip to Mexico With Don Julio and $5,000 to West Elm in This Summer Sweepstakes," 25 Aug. 2020 Pickles co-owner Alan Miller described the field as an oasis because for the next month the Wild Wild West League will provide a distraction. oregonlive, "Wild Wild West League opening night brings live team sports back to Oregon," 12 July 2020 In the show, the Baeumler family works to transform the spacious property into an oasis with 18 luxury hotel rooms and 22 oceanfront villas. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This New HGTV Show Follows a Family of Six as They Restore an Abandoned Resort in The Bahamas," 8 June 2020 One day, a little before noon, with the sun high and blazing, the expedition found a lake glimmering in the middle of the desert like an oasis. Sabrina Imbler New York Times, Star Tribune, "In the world's hottest desert, shrimp endure," 24 Sep. 2020 In normal times, DePriest serves as an oasis for about five hundred students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, the vast majority of whom come from low-income households in Austin, a neighborhood hit hard by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Running a Virtual School on Chicago’s West Side," 20 Sep. 2020 For most of its history, Venus could have been as habitable as Earth—until sometime in the last billion years, when ballooning greenhouse gases transformed the planet from an oasis into a death trap. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Possible sign of life on Venus stirs up heated debate," 14 Sep. 2020 With everyone spending more time than usual at home, creating a relaxing oasis is top of mind, and these unbeatable deals will instantly upgrade your sleep situation. Erin Parker, Glamour, "19 Best Labor Day Mattress Sales and Deals of 2020," 2 Sep. 2020 Central Florida’s springs, offering an oasis just 45 minutes north of Orlando for swimmers, tubers and snorkelers alike. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Swim with the fishes: 11 can’t miss snorkeling spots in Central Florida," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of oasis

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oasis

borrowed from Latin Oasis, referring to the Great Oasis of Kharge in the Libyan Desert of Egypt, borrowed from Greek Óasis (Herodotus), borrowed from Egyptian wḥꜢ.t "fertile area in the desert"

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The first known use of oasis was in 1613

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10 Oct 2020

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“Oasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oasis. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oasis

: an area in a desert where there is water and plants
: a pleasant place that is surrounded by something unpleasant
: a time or experience that is pleasant and restful


oa·​sis | \ ō-ˈā-səs How to pronounce oasis (audio) \
plural oases\ -​ˌsēz \

Kids Definition of oasis

: a fertile or green spot in a desert

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