In this barren landscape, New Jersey and Virginia—which hold gubernatorial elections next week—represent a kind of oasis.
The pop-punk of Green Day, the Britpop of oasis, the alternative arena rock of Weezer.
They were lonely servants providing an oasis in a long, desert path.
1610s, from French oasis (18c.) and directly from Late Latin oasis, from Greek oasis, probably from Hamitic (cf. Coptic wahe, ouahe "oasis," properly "dwelling place," from ouih "dwell"). The same Egyptian source produced Arabic wahah.