\ 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 \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce vaselike (audio) \ adjective

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Daffodils should not be put in a vase with other flowers. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 And outside of the President's box one evening there was a massive six-foot vase with an extraordinary glaze. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read Alan Simpson's Full Eulogy Honoring George H.W. Bush," 5 Dec. 2018 Blue and white earthenware abounds, in the space but this vase c. 1680 caught my eye. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 On my first night there, the Commander set up a little mise-en-scène: a vase of irises and chilled white wine on a metal table, along with a gushy card. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 Place individual blooms in a vase and bend and twist stems outward to mimic the movement of live flowers, which face the sun. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "7 of the Best-Looking Fake Plants You Can Buy," 28 Dec. 2018 The living room’s sectional is by Living Divani, the side table is by Jean Louis Iratzoki for Retegui, the vintage sconces are Italian, the mirror and mantel are original, and the leather Simon Hasan vase is from the Future Perfect. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Lindsey Adelman's Park Slope Home Doubles as a Constantly Revolving Showcase," 27 Apr. 2018 And these two people, who are both retired, wanted to be in an environment that was calming and soothing and Zen-like, without paring it down to the minimalist leaf in a vase on a concrete stand. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Alexander Doherty on Creating a Colorful Manhattan Apartment with Character," 2 Nov. 2012 One photo shows a vase of autumn roses from flower breeder David Austin, mixed with berries and colorful leaves. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Glimpse Inside Princess Eugenie’s Extravagant, Flower-Filled Wedding Reception," 18 Oct. 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 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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