\ US usually ˈvās How to pronounce vase (audio) ; Canadian usually and US also ˈvāz How to pronounce vase (audio) ; British usually, Canadian also, and US sometimes ˈväz How to pronounce vase (audio) \

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 \ ˈvās-​ˌlīk How to pronounce vase (audio) , Canadian usually and US also  ˈvāz-​ ; British usually, Canadian also, and US sometimes  ˈväz-​ \ adjective

Examples of vase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Urban Outfitters hawks a $34 white tee screen-printed with Van Gogh’s 1890 still life of roses in a vase. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Limited-Edition Art Merch for Monet and Van Gogh Keeps Selling Out," 12 May 2021 The bottles - both small and big - come with a distinctive white rose as a stopper and an elegant, vase-like bottle. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, "Forget Roses, What Mom Really Wants For Mother’s Day Is Rosé," 7 May 2021 Based on your images, your vase is imitation ivory, cast of a type of resin and finished to appear as if it were carved of elephant ivory. oregonlive, "This crazy quilt’s back story boosts its value and interest for collectors," 21 Apr. 2021 Put them in a vase, or try floating the blossoms in a bowl of water for a different display. Tim Johnson,, "Spring-blooming hellebores are easy to grow in gardens," 10 Apr. 2021 Create your own Easter centerpiece by grouping several of these 13-inch Easter egg trees in a vase. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Easter Decor Items You Can Score at Walmart," 26 Mar. 2021 Plunge them into a bucket of water immediately after cutting, cut any leaves that will be submerged in water, make sure the vase is clean and use floral preservatives. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Purple-pleasing lilacs a sure sign of Minnesota spring," 24 Mar. 2021 The vase’s starring role was a nod toward France’s burgeoning love affair with all things Japanese, as well as an admiring acknowledgment of Japonisme, the French interpretation of that culture’s aesthetics. New York Times, "How Japonisme Forever Changed the Course of Western Design," 11 Feb. 2021 This pastel-hued bouquet comes in a glass vase and is packed with carnations, daisies, and roses. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Easter Flower Arrangements to Elevate Your Table Setting—Starting at $26," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Vase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vase

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


\ ˈvās How to pronounce vase (audio) , 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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