oasis

noun
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.

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But under the concrete stanchions supporting the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge lies an oasis for skateboarders: The Lynch Family Skatepark. Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Lynch Family Skatepark offers teenagers discipline, camaraderie, freedom," 2 July 2018 The community’s eighth-floor amenity deck was designed as an oasis with an expansive fitness center, fire pits, grilling area, and a resort-style pool featuring grotto areas, wet deck and private cabanas, Gunn said. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Spotlight on 2929 Weslayan," 20 May 2018 His students loved his calm demeanor and the safe oasis of his art room. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "John J. Ford," 25 Apr. 2018 Outside the four majors, this event has no rivals; there are ample opportunities to rub elbows with the pros and an oasis of experiences waiting off the courts. OregonLive.com, "Palm Springs is an ideal spot for sun, sand and seeing tennis stars," 21 Feb. 2018 But Spain presides over more than 60 islands, a mix of virgin nature reserves, uninhabited islets, and honeymoon-worthy oases—and most fly completely under the radar. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spain’s Secret Islands," 14 Feb. 2018 AP Mike Tyson has broken ground on his latest venture, billed as an oasis in the desert. Heather Tucker, USA TODAY, "Mike Tyson and business partners break ground on marijuana ranch in California," 2 Jan. 2018 Where to StayAmantaka: Housed in a colonial-era hospital about a five-minute walk from the beginning of Sisavangvong Road, the Amantaka—all clean lines, high ceilings, and a restrained, mostly white palette—is an oasis. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Magic Words: Hitting the pause button creates the oasis. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018

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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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oasis

noun

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

oasis

noun
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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