noun, plural vanities.
excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit: Failure to be elected was a great blow to his vanity.
an instance or display of this quality or feeling.
something about which one is vain.
lack of real value; hollowness; worthlessness: the vanity of a selfish life.
something worthless, trivial, or pointless.
a wide, counterlike shelf containing a wash basin, as in the bathroom of a hotel or residence, often equipped with shelves, drawers, etc., underneath.
a cabinet built below or around a bathroom sink, primarily to hide exposed pipes.
compact1 ( def 13 ).
produced as a showcase for one's own talents, especially as a writer, actor, singer, or composer: a vanity production.
of, pertaining to, or issued by a vanity press: a spate of vanity books.

1200–50; Middle English vanite < Old French < Latin vānitās, equivalent to vān- (see vain) + -itās- -ity

vanitied, adjective

1. egotism, complacency, vainglory, ostentation. See pride. 4. emptiness, sham, unreality, folly, triviality, futility.

1. humility. Unabridged
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vanity (ˈvænɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being vain; excessive pride or conceit
2.  ostentation occasioned by ambition or pride
3.  an instance of being vain or something about which one is vain
4.  the state or quality of being valueless, futile, or unreal
5.  something that is worthless or useless
6.  (NZ) short for vanity unit
[C13: from Old French vanité, from Latin vānitās emptiness, from vānus empty]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "that which is vain, futile, or worthless," from O.Fr. vanite, from L. vanitatem (nom. vanitas) "emptiness, foolish pride," from vanus "empty, vain, idle" (see vain). Meaning "self-conceited" is attested from mid-14c. Vanity table is attested from 1936. Vanity Fair
is from "Pilgrim's Progress" (1678).
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Example sentences
Within the bathroom, the cantilevered shelving defines the shower area without
  walling it off from the vanity.
Zach is tall, so he installed a kitchen-cabinet base instead of a shorter
  bathroom vanity.
Now two biologists suggest that these luxurious tresses have a higher purpose
  than vanity.
Globe shapes work well in bathrooms and above vanity mirrors where aesthetics
  are important.
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