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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Washington’s classical music scene becomes like a desert in the summer, dotted with small oases of music. Washington Post, "With a trumpet fox trot and the roar of a siren, Inscape delivers Hindemith," 17 June 2019 The Rio Salado Audubon Center is part of a 600-acre urban oasis for birds and other animals. Weldon Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona hidden gem: A lush birding oasis is just moments from downtown Phoenix," 4 June 2019 This new kind of urban oasis is meant to have its own effect—triggering the parasympathetic nervous system to help the body to relax, digest, and heal, says Berzin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Inside the New York Wellness Space That Could Be the Future of Primary Care," 30 Jan. 2019 Nearly every aspect of the boutique oasis is one-of-a-kind, including what's sure to be the It bag of the season: a limited-edition, embellished 2.55 shoulder bag that's exclusive to the 57th street store. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel's New Flagship Store Will Sell Limited-Edition Bags, Fragrances, and Watches," 15 Nov. 2018 Bring a seasonal theme to candles and vases by constructing wreaths out of oasis floral foam. Country Living, "Make Your Own Seasonal Wreath Video," 21 Sep. 2010 In our noisy, look-at-me Internet world, Ross’s tranquil manner is an oasis. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 Midtown’s Cheney Street is an oasis for the thirsty and hungry. Natasha Bourlin, SFChronicle.com, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 Newfields Newfields is a true oasis for the eyes, a place to see and experience nature and art in the city. Emily Hines, Indianapolis Star, "See Indianapolis from a new perspective with these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 22 May 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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The first known use of oasis was in 1613

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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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