\ US usually ˈvās; Canadian usually and US also ˈvāz; British usually, Canadian also, and US sometimes ˈväz \

Definition of vase 

: a usually round vessel of greater depth than width used chiefly as an ornament or for holding flowers

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Other Words from vase

vaselike \-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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One person saw a vase and photos of tights get flagged as explicit. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Tumblr is already flagging innocent posts as porn," 3 Dec. 2018 Her long hair is defying gravity atop her head, shaped like a curvy vase, and holding a real bouquet of colorful flowers. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Flower Vase Hair" Is the Whimsical New Updo Trend Going Viral on Instagram," 17 Sep. 2018 In the sitting room of a London apartment designed by Irakli Zaria, the three armchairs are from the 1960s, the cocktail tables and custom screens are by Galerie Glustin, and the 1970s Pino Signoretto vase is Venetian. As Told To Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This London Pied-à-Terre Bans Dreariness with Midcentury Glam and Japanese Antiques," 25 Apr. 2018 The most recent vase of flowers was even more special for two reasons. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Woman Receives Annual Birthday Flowers from Her Dad 5 Years After His Death," 27 Nov. 2017 Now House’s Terrazzo Hourglass Vase costs $38; a comparable vase from Adler’s namesake collection, $295. Allison Duncan, WSJ, "How the Design Biz Is Courting Millennials," 16 Nov. 2018 The wreck bears an undeniable resemblance to a ship painted on a vase from around 480 BCE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient Greek ship is the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered," 24 Oct. 2018 The translation of petit chou is little cabbage, which sounds almost as cute as this mini-vase will look holding a succulent on your desk or windowsill. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "5 locally made home finds to spruce up your fall décor," 10 Sep. 2018 For the vase: Carousel, a purple quill mum, is an elegant cut flower. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of vase

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vase

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin vās "container, vessel," going back to Italic *wāss- of obscure origin

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English Language Learners Definition of vase

: a container that is used for holding flowers or for decoration


\ˈvās, ˈvāz\

Kids Definition of vase

: an often round container of greater depth than width used chiefly for ornament or for flowers

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