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vanity

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noun van·i·ty \ˈva-nə-tē\

Definition of vanity

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vanities

  1. 1 :  something that is vain, empty, or valueless

  2. 2 :  the quality or fact of being vain

  3. 3 :  inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance :  conceit

  4. 4 :  a fashionable trifle or knickknack

  5. 5a :  3compact ab :  a small case or handbag for toilet articles used by women

  6. 6a :  dressing tableb :  a bathroom cabinet containing a sink and usually having a countertop

Examples of vanity in a sentence

  1. The handsome actor's vanity was well-known.

  2. She described her accomplishments without exaggeration or vanity.

Origin and Etymology of vanity

Middle English vanite, borrowed from Anglo-French vanité, borrowed from Latin vānitāt-, vānitās “emptiness, lack of judgment, foolish pride,” from vānus “empty, lacking content” + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at 1wane


First Known Use: 13th century


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vanity

adjective van·i·ty

Definition of vanity

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a work (as a book or recording) whose production cost is paid by the author or artist

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being a showcase for a usually famous performer or artist who is often also the project's creator or driving force <write, direct, and star in a vanity film>

Circa 1925

First Known Use of vanity

circa 1925


VANITY Defined for English Language Learners

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vanity

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noun van·i·ty \ˈva-nə-tē\

Definition of vanity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of people who have too much pride in their own appearance, abilities, achievements, etc. : the quality of being vain

  • : something (such as a belief or a way of behaving) which shows that you have too much pride in yourself, your social status, etc.

  • : a bathroom cabinet that is covered by a sink and a countertop


VANITY Defined for Kids

vanity

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noun van·i·ty \ˈva-nə-tē\

Definition of vanity for Students

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vanities

  1. 1 :  the quality or fact of being vain

  2. 2 :  something that is vain

  3. 3 :  a small box for cosmetics



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