\ 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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Still, that glass vase and the organically twiggy Japanese magnolia that fill it—both rigid and expressive—have to work overtime to mediate between the split personalities of this room. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A 21st-Century Approach to a 19th-Century Townhouse," 29 June 2018 Interior designer Howard Stlatkin compliments an adjacent blue-and-white bowl with a blue-and-white vase filled with red tulips. The Editors At House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "9 Tulip Arrangements You Have To Try At Home," 19 May 2014 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

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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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