\ 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 vaselike (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 For the gardener: Bud Vase Unbearably whimsical and sweet, this bud vase would be a charming addition to their kitchen, bedroom, or living room. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "30 amazing gifts you can get at Anthropologie that anyone would love," 20 Nov. 2020 The radiator alongside the staircase spindles has a vase with ornament, a floral arraignment, and a piece showing the Holy Family that my Mom made. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ceramicist's daughter makes the most of family Christmas heirlooms," 19 Nov. 2020 Break out your terracotta vase or cornucopia for this festive seasonal floral. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "20 bestselling pieces of fall decor you can buy at Macy's," 30 Sep. 2020 Along with a candle by Diptyque (her favorite candle company) and a vase of flowers, there are two stacks of coffee table books on the table behind Meghan. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "We Want All of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Coffee Table Books," 25 Sep. 2020 Since March the pandemic has fractured our narratives like a stone thrown at a glass vase. Maya Phillips, New York Times, "Two New York Neighborhoods Set the Stage for Decadence and Loss," 21 Oct. 2020 The funeral home had not yet installed a vase as her family had requested. NBC News, "'She should still be here': Las Vegas family struck by grief as pandemic's effects linger," 18 Oct. 2020 If the iMac G4 was meant to resemble a sunflower turning to meet the light, the Osé's limber neck suggests a bird-of-paradise flower arcing from a vase. Lux Alptraum, Wired, "One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry," 16 Oct. 2020 The woman, identified only as Nicole, sent the letter to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii with two white mosaic tiles, two amphora vase pieces, and a ceramic wall piece, according to CNN. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Tourist Says She’s Been ‘Cursed’ for 15 Years Since Stealing Pompeii Artifacts," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Vase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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