urn

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noun \ˈərn\

Definition of urn

  1. 1 :  a vessel that is typically an ornamental vase on a pedestal and that is used for various purposes (as preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation)

  2. 2 :  a closed vessel usually with a spigot for serving a hot beverage <a coffee urn>

Origin and Etymology of urn

Middle English urne, from Latin urna


First Known Use: 14th century


URN Defined for English Language Learners

urn

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noun \ˈərn\

Definition of urn for English Language Learners

  • : a container that is often shaped like a vase with a closed top and that is used to hold the ashes of someone who has been cremated

  • : a closed container with a faucet near the bottom which is used to serve hot drinks


URN Defined for Kids

urn

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noun \ˈərn\

Definition of urn for Students

  1. 1 :  a container usually in the form of a vase resting on a stand

  2. 2 :  a closed container with a faucet used for serving a hot beverage <a coffee urn>


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