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)
: a usually round vessel of greater depth than width used chiefly as an ornament or for holding flowers
ˈvās-ˌlīk How to pronounce vase (audio)
 Canadian usually and US also  ˈvāz-;
 British usually, Canadian also, and US sometimes  ˈväz-

Examples of vase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Start with two low, wide circular glass bowls or vases. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 Stand branches in a glass vase, tucking them in among glass baubles and more pinecones for support. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 The A-frame wood stand with glass bulb vases is perfect for propagating plant cuttings, offering both functionality and aesthetic appeal to your home. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Easily install them with the attachable ground stakes, arrange them in your holiday wreaths and planters, or place them in a vase in your entryway for a sculptural winter piece. Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 15 Nov. 2023 Once they’re built, the colorful flowers are sure to find a home in a vase for good. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Who could be when the only available toilet is a Ming vase in a closet? Naveen Kumar, Variety, 22 Oct. 2023 This tall, white ceramic vase exudes elegance with its bubble design and boho charm. Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Thanksgiving Tablescape Purposeful Embellishments Matilda Reuter Engle, owner of Middleburg Hospitality, suggests pairing Cracked Pepper vases, glassware, and containers with neutral chairs and linens. Halee Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin vās "container, vessel," going back to Italic *wāss- of obscure origin

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vase was in 1629

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Cite this Entry

“Vase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an often round container of greater depth than width used chiefly for ornament or for flowers

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