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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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  • The girl shortened the stems of the roses and put them in a vase on Katy's dresser.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • It looked grave and bare, with not even a flower in a vase to brighten it.

  • Bishop noticed the thistle bouquet in a vase over the chronometer.

    Competition James Causey
  • Mabel looked at me and then picked up a vase off the mantle over the fire-place.

    Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
  • Lydia did no dusting of tables or arranging of flowers in a vase.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Madame at once knocked down two wine-glasses and a vase of flowers.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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