\ 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

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Artifacts include small items like turquoise and gold earrings and a golden monkey pendant found in tombs, pottery and funerary urns, a rock crystal knife and flints in the shape of scorpions. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Maya exhibit featuring 300 artifacts opens at Milwaukee Public Museum," 16 Feb. 2018 Smaller pewter memory boxes and two larger, solid-pewter urns featuring sunflowers are also available. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory, Don Drumm partner to offer artistic pewter urns," 26 Mar. 2018 And fashion didn’t stop with the guests; in lieu of the traditional prize (a silver urn) the prize is a hunky, diamond-laden ring not unlike those awarded at the Super Bowl. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Miami's Pegasus Cup, the World’s Richest Horse Race," 1 Feb. 2019 So the first agenda item at her board meeting this week is to decide how much to donate for headstones and urns. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 The set has been re-created but also features original items, such as the doors from Rick's Cafe, and Moroccan screens and urns. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Five places in the West to love up your Valentine," 5 Feb. 2018 The two nearby chapels available — the Testolini Quadri, with a base price of more than €256,000, and the slightly larger Azzano, starting at over €277,000 — each sleep, so to speak, two corpses and countless funerary urns for ashes or bones. New York Times, "A Chance to Spend 99-Plus Years in Venice (in the Afterlife)," 21 May 2018 Schutze’s skill is apparent in both facades of the house: the entrance front is classically English Palladian with a columned portico and a brace of admittedly fanciful stone urns in niches either side of the entrance door. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Visit to Atlanta's Historic Swan House, Where Whimsy and Chintz Still Reign," 27 Apr. 2018 The urn holding his ashes remains inside a cardboard box. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Deadly fire exposes wealthy man's secret underground tunnels," 9 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of urn

: 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


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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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