\ ˈərn How to pronounce urn (audio) \

Definition of urn

1 : a vessel that is typically an ornamental vase on a pedestal and that is used for various purposes (such as preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation)
2 : a closed vessel usually with a spigot for serving a hot beverage a coffee urn

Examples of urn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mullen said the Navy has told her the bill was an error and has sent her a new urn. Kiran Dhillon, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 Rising above the keepsakes is a gleaming silver-and-blue urn, shaped like an oversize egg in an egg cup. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 After marrying, the couple moved to England and took the urn with them, keeping it in the family until after Bligh died and it was bequeathed to the MCC. John Pye, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 One of Ai’s most famous works is a photographic triptych of him dropping a Han-dynasty urn; the piece is reproduced at Kettle’s Yard in gray-scale Legos. Daniel Penny, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2022 The exhibition mixed a few of Schlesinger’s early pieces with recent works: a behemoth hourglass vessel patterned in a harlequin checkerboard, an urn tattooed with playful swirls, a vase striped with a hypnotic free-flowing line of blue and black. Christopher Bollen, Town & Country, 22 Feb. 2022 When the cargo finally gets to Sicily, the hitches continue as a bishop (Claudio Bigagli) balks at blessing cremated remains carried in a Greek urn. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 A few inches away stood a framed photograph of a dog and, next to this, a squat urn. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2022 As the memorial for Smith concluded, a LifeFlight helicopter buzzed through the clear blue sky, bagpipes and drums blared, and an honor guard gently carried an urn off stage. oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of urn

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for urn

Middle English urne, from Latin urna

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“Urn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urn. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of urn

1 : a container usually in the form of a vase resting on a stand
2 : a closed container with a faucet used for serving a hot beverage a coffee urn

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