Definition of vanity
1 : inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance : conceit
2 : something that is vain, empty, or valueless
3a : dressing tableb : a bathroom cabinet containing a sink and usually having a countertop
4 : the quality or fact of being vain
5 : a fashionable trifle or knickknack
6a : 3compact ab : a small case or handbag for toilet articles used by women
Examples of vanity in a Sentence
The handsome actor's vanity was well-known.
She described her accomplishments without exaggeration or vanity.
Recent Examples of vanity from the Web
WHETHER due to vanity or insecurity, some people simply refuse to drive a minivan.
This was my first time living in a country where hair removal was a fact of life for many people, and not associated with assimilation or extreme vanity.
Meeting this goal proves that wind and solar aren't vanity projects, but are a real and important part of U.S. energy infrastructure.
The master suite has a spa bath with tiled double-sink vanity, separate shower, soaking tub and a spacious walk-in closet.
A portion of the proceeds from the vanity plates will go to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, according to House Majority Leader Matt Ritter of Hartford, who sponsored the bill along with Reps.
The gorgeous bath includes two vanities, a glass walk-in shower and separate tub, all finished out with rich marble and granite.
Squalane's the stable, saturated form of squalene oil, which Dr. King says also keeps it free from degrading à la argan or almond oil (which lose their benefits after too long on your vanity).
New cabinet hardware can really spiff up a bathroom vanity with minimal skill and investment.
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vanity vs. pride
People often turn to the dictionary in search of the minute and subtle differences between two similar words. The closely related duo of vanity and pride, which overlap significantly in some respects yet differ in others, offer one such example. Putting aside such uses as pride referring to “a company of lions” and vanity meaning “a dressing table,” each of these words may refer to a state of excessive self-esteem. However, pride may also signify a feeling of satisfaction or happiness (either in oneself or on behalf of others) based on something that is well done; vanity is unlikely to be used in this manner. For a well-worded explanation of this distinction, we might look to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in which the character Mary opines: “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
Origin and Etymology of vanity
Definition of vanity
1 : of, relating to, or being a work (such as a book or recording) whose production cost is paid by the author or artist
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
First Known Use of vanity
VANITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of vanity for Students
1 : the quality or fact of being vain
2 : something that is vain
3 : a small box for cosmetics
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