oa·​sis | \ ō-ˈā-səs How to pronounce oasis (audio) \
plural oases\ ō-​ˈā-​ˌsēz How to pronounce oasis (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 Nestled in the heart of downtown Christiansted, the historic Company House Hotel is a cozy and freshly remodeled oasis of refinement built on simplicity. Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 Opened in 2021, the hotel is a charming Spanish oasis located on Española Way, South Beach’s historic esplanade that’s lined with local restaurants and shops. Lea Lane, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Founded by aesthetician and certified medical technician Deisy M Suarez, Desuar Spa is a true oasis of relaxation. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. Shanti Lerner And Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 Below me, Central Park was a vast, frosty oasis hemmed in by tall buildings. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Hidden among the curves and canyons of the southwest is an artificial oasis. Outside Online, 2 Mar. 2022 Surrounded by oil fields and almond and orange groves, the 93,000-acre preserve is an ecological oasis of open grasslands, saltbush shrubs, riparian wetlands, and native plants and wildlife. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 Atins is also an idyllic windswept oasis to lose a few days or tuck away and write a novel. Kevin Raub, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oasis. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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