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
Recent Examples of urn from the Web
A year later, the gun sits in a police evidence box on his desk at home, just a few feet from the urn that holds his mother’s ashes.
According to Biggs, full burials have changed from 65 percent to 40 percent or less of the cemetery’s business while more people are turning to cremation and often taking the ashes home to store in an urn.
Elegant concrete urns with cascading ferns and flowers frame a stage and lawn seating area built two decades ago, in 1997, welcoming seating for more than 500 enjoying a production penned by The Bard.
Green burials can save consumers money, and have nurtured a market for biodegradable urns and coffins.
The variety and array of funerary art on display are breathtaking; from hauntingly mournful angels to elaborate urns, anchors, lambs, and crosses symbolizing hope, mercy, forgiveness, and memory.
All sang a hymn as the family, close behind the urn carrying their son, made the slow procession to seats at the front of the church.
Turn the area into a fountain with public art in it that sits on the four points where the urns beneath the pedestal stand now.
Inside that box, the plastic urn carrying her father's remains was cracked open.
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Origin and Etymology of urn
Middle English urne, from Latin urna
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
URN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of urn for Students
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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