\ 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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Bringing a bouquet in a vase with water, a small potted succulent or herb, or even a tiny fairy garden could make a sweet floral gift, and won’t require extra effort from the host. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Should You Bring Flowers To A Dinner Party?," 29 Apr. 2018 Their flowers are guaranteed to never rot in a vase & stink up your kitchen. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Ikea Challenge: Houston blogger turns Ikea trip into photoshoot opportunity," 11 Apr. 2018 Many carry a sweet fragrance, and most are long-lasting in the vase. Erin Benzakein With Julie Chai, Country Living, "How to Properly Grow and Care for Peonies," 2 Mar. 2018 Both designers put a version of the finished vase under the tree for their mothers in December. James Clasper, New York Times, "Artist to Know: the Danish Sculptor Making Objects for Noma," 13 June 2018 Remember as a kid seeing cuttings in a little vase of water? Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Houseplant advice for the millennial (or anyone) who doesn’t have a green thumb," 11 July 2018 Imagine dropping a delicate vase on a concrete curb. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Bobby and Nancy Leonard's love story helped save the Indiana Pacers," 27 June 2018 Manchester United, his great foe from his greatest age, presented him with a vase in his final visit to Old Trafford; Leicester City and Huddersfield, in the last week, have both requested that their own fans take a moment to sing his praises. Rory Smith, New York Times, "There Goes Arsène Wenger," 13 May 2018 In the dining room, a Louis XVI console is topped with an 18th-century vase; the gilt-bronze candelabra and silver tray are both from the 19th century. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Once-Crumbling Milan Apartment Now Revels In Maximalist Decor," 13 Mar. 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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The first known use of vase was in 1629

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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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