oasis

noun oa·sis \ ō-ˈā-səs \

Definition of oasis

plural oases play \ō-ˈā-ˌsēz\
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

  1. The small park is a welcome oasis amid the city's many factories.

  2. Our brief trip to the beach was a much-needed oasis in a summer of hard work.

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Origin and Etymology of oasis

Late Latin, from Greek


OASIS Defined for English Language Learners

oasis

noun

Definition of oasis for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OASIS Defined for Kids

oasis

noun oa·sis \ ō-ˈā-səs \

Definition of oasis for Students

plural oases \-ˌsēz\
:a fertile or green spot in a desert

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