\ 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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One scene, involving the removal of a glass case surrounding an obsidian Aztec vase, is simply intoxicating. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Museo’ Review: Cultural Theft," 13 Sep. 2018 He was built like a tall vase: thin and delicate, his skin almost translucent. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "No Suspects in Killing of Eccentric American, a Kenyan Wildlife Expert," 5 Feb. 2018 Balancing the grand piano and the guitars held aloft in their stands were an orange velvet couch, a side table with a vase of white callas lilies, and an easy chair half covered in a throw. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Patti Smith Stuns With “Words and Music” at New York’s Minetta Lane Theater," 24 Sep. 2018 Experts from the auction house believe the 26-inch vase was made between 1735 and 1799 during Emperor Qianlong's reign, and was created for the emperor's summer palace. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Vase Was Used as a Doorstopper—Wait Until You See How Much It's Worth," 5 July 2016 McConnell said as McCain’s desk on the Senate floor sat draped in black cloth and adorned with vase of white flowers. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Senate leaders honor McCain as Schumer proposes renaming Russell Senate Office Building," 27 Aug. 2018 From its Machined line is this creation, which comes in steel or brass and has a handblown glass vase for a single bloom. Kavita Daswani,, "Bring a little royal wedding sparkle home," 17 May 2018 With a wide variety of flowers and vase options along with treats and other personalized gifts, ProFlowers has a huge range of prices and bouquet arrangements to choose from. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "20 Best Mother's Day Flower Delivery Options," 1 May 2018 Today’s gardeners usually plant witch hazel for its ornamental qualities, which are many: In spring and summer witch hazel is an attractive plant with dark green leaves and a graceful, spreading vase shape. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Witch Hazel (And Turn It Into A Home Remedy)," 14 Nov. 2017

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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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