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[veys, veyz, vahz] /veɪs, veɪz, vɑz/
a vessel, as of glass, porcelain, earthenware, or metal, usually higher than it is wide, used chiefly to hold cut flowers or for decoration.
Origin of vase
1555-65; < French < Latin vās vessel
Related forms
vaselike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vase
  • Captured by the photographer's flash, an unidentified fish takes center stage with a backdrop of a red vase sponge.
  • Two multicolored ceramic plates, an alabaster vase with a hole in the base, and a stone knife also accompanied the body.
  • The solitary gold vase in the exhibition is radiantly elegant.
  • One is a variation on the illusion in which one sees either two profiles or a vase.
  • In the center is usually a bowl or vase or other centerpiece, of white flowers.
  • Others say that it was kept in a vase, and that she vexed and pricked it with a golden spindle till it seized her arm.
  • And you go in, look around, and the vase is not properly centered on the table.
  • Also described as bowl shaped or vase shaped, an open-center tree has no central leader.
  • It also falls freely from cut lilies onto whatever carpet or tablecloth happens to be below the vase.
  • It looks lovely in flower arrangements, dangling down the side of a vase.
British Dictionary definitions for vase


a vessel used as an ornament or for holding cut flowers
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin vās vessel
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Word Origin and History for vase

late 14c., from Middle French vase, from Latin vas "container, vessel." American English preserves the original English pronunciation (Swift rhymes it with face, Byron with place and grace), while British English shifted mid-19c. to preference for a pronunciation that rhymes with bras.

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