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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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 If this boating oasis looks just your style, 218 Pocono Trail E is on the market now for $2,489,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Waterfront estate asks $2.4M in Florida," 9 Oct. 2018 Public Garden Bostonians may breeze through the Public Garden to get from one side of town to the other, but there's plenty to linger over in this city-center oasis. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 The hotel also offers bikes for guests to take out daily (along with a bike wall that serves as the ultimate #content opportunity), private boat cruises through the city's river canals, and an outdoor garden oasis complete with giant swings. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Hotel Will Make All The Fashion Girls Flock to Amsterdam," 15 Nov. 2018 From cozy cabins and desert oases to stately cottages and houses on the beach, the best getaways stay with you far longer than summer. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 vacation homes to fuel your wanderlust," 30 July 2018 On the outside, the house, if not quite beastly, is certainly unremarkable, with black-and-white siding that is more akin to a garage exterior than a gorgeous oasis. Vanessa Lawrence And ·, ELLE Decor, "How a Japanese House in Upstate New York Found Its Zen," 19 Apr. 2018 The sprawling oasis has an amphitheater, classical Roman statues, grottos, ponds, fountains, and an abundance of flowers. Vogue, "These Are the 6 Gucci-Approved Places to Travel in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019

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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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