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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This 110-acre oasis in Gilbert is a great place to watch wildlife (especially birds), catch and release fish, learn a few things and just kick back. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 After the parade, guests are encouraged to walk the grounds and enjoy the multitude of flora at this urban oasis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "42 ways to celebrate July 4 in San Diego County with fireworks and parades," 27 June 2019 This five-bedroom oasis sits on 2.1 acres of pristine real estate on the Gulf of Mexico on Sanibel Island. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Tour Mandalay, the $16.895 Million Estate That's Sanibel Island's Most Expensive Listing," 20 June 2019 But there are hints of discord beyond this manicured oasis. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Finding Refuge in “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Much Ado About Nothing”," 17 June 2019 Nearly 5 usable view acres on a quiet flag lot that creates a WOW arrival experience to this country oasis while still close to the city. Ramona Sentinel, "Home of the Week - 1331 Ash St. Ramona," 13 June 2019 With everything from phone chargers to private showers, this mini oasis is about to be on everyone's radar. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This New NYC Lounge Is the Perfect Place to Stop and Recharge," 6 May 2019 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of oasis

: a fertile or green spot in a desert

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