noun, plural o·a·ses [oh-ey-seez] /oʊˈeɪ siz/.
Origin of oasis
Examples from the Web for oases
But like American speakeasies during prohibition in the USA, these places are oases in a desert of official prudery.
There were exceptions, like oases in the desert of ignorance and vice.Ulysses S. Grant|Walter Allen
Even in the oases it causes a feeling of anxiety and trouble, for the burning heat is most harmful to palms and crops.From Pole to Pole|Sven Anders Hedin
Natural springs give rise to oases at intervals and make the crossing of large deserts possible.
British Dictionary definitions for oases (1 of 2)
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for oasis
British Dictionary definitions for oases (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for oases
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.