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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The Rose Martini at The Setai The Setai—the ultra-luxe hotel, which also has residences—is as close to an oasis as one can get in the milieu of Miami Beach. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "The Best New Drinks to Try in Miami During Art Basel," 3 Dec. 2018 The nail salons known for their nontoxic manicures and luxurious treatments offer an urban oasis with a minimalist sensibility, and that understated yet elegant vibe carries over into Abramcyk’s and Ilyinsky’s carefully curated wardrobes. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "How the Beauty Pioneers Behind Tenoverten Take Their Less-Is-More Philosophy Into Fashion," 9 Nov. 2018 Not unlike an oasis in the desert, the Sand Valley Resort has sprung from an inhospitable landscape and is in the process of transforming a region. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 When looking to create an outdoor kitchen, bar, snack station or storage area, whether in the backyard, the garage or an upstairs oasis, here are some factors Hargrove says to consider: Longevity. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "They’re coming! Part 2: Outfitting the outdoor kitchen," 25 May 2018 Go neutral and coastal with Serena & Lily's Seaview rug, or turn your patio into a tropical oasis with this budget buy from Target. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Outdoor Furniture For Every Style, From Sofas to Dining Sets," 4 Apr. 2019 Governors Island will get a new cultural anchor in September, reaching another milestone in its transformation from one-time military base into a leisure oasis for New Yorkers. Irene Plagianos, WSJ, "On Governors Island, a Munitions Warehouse Becomes a Cultural Hub," 24 Mar. 2019 The former Million Dollar Decorators star — her clients include Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Steve Martin — turned the courtyard into an oasis. Booth Moore, ELLE Decor, "Tour Kathryn M. Ireland’s Santa Monica Home That's Big On Bohemian Decor," 6 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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 \

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: a fertile or green spot in a desert

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