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urn

[ urn ]

noun

  1. a large or decorative vase, especially one with an ornamental foot or pedestal.
  2. a vase for holding the ashes of the cremated dead.
  3. a large metal container with a spigot, used for making or serving tea or coffee in quantity.
  4. Botany. the spore-bearing part of the capsule of a moss, between lid and seta.


urn

/ ɜːn /

noun

  1. a vaselike receptacle or vessel, esp a large bulbous one with a foot
  2. a vase used as a receptacle for the ashes of the dead
  3. a large vessel, usually of metal, with a tap, used for making and holding tea, coffee, etc
  4. botany the spore-producing capsule of a moss


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Derived Forms

  • ˈurnˌlike, adjective

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Other Words From

  • urnlike adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of urn1

1325–75; Middle English urne < Latin urna earthen vessel for ashes, water, etc., akin to urceus pitcher, Greek hýrchē jar

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Word History and Origins

Origin of urn1

C14: from Latin ūrna; related to Latin ūrere to burn, urceus pitcher, Greek hurkhē jar

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Example Sentences

Eventually, he decided not to retest the contents of the urn and to hand the girl’s remains over to Barnes’s father, who had come to the scene and also became visibly upset once he heard police claimed the urn held drugs.

Barnes has filed a federal lawsuit alleging officers with the Springfield Police Department unlawfully took the sealed urn containing his daughter’s remains, opened it without his consent, and spilled some of the ashes while testing for drugs.

At one point, one officer showed the urn to another officer.

It’s a leap of faith, after all, to accept that the dust in an urn was actually once your grandfather or a favorite aunt.

As the congressional ceremony came to a close, an honor guard slowly carried the urn and the trifolded flag to the waiting hearse.

The Oberhausen aquarium erected a memorial of the psychic octopus with a golden urn containing his ashes.

We have a lock of his hair, a few photos, and plaster footprints, along with the tiny blue urn we chose when we had him cremated.

The boys remains are supposedly contained in an urn in Westminster Abbey.

The Queen was reportedly in "full agreement" with the church authorities that the urn should not be opened.

Browne wrote hauntingly of the resemblance between the urn and the womb.

After the burning, the bones are collected, placed in an urn, and interred upon some eminence under a small monument.

These simple objects speak more directly to the heart than storied urn or animated bust.

She squatted at my feet, putting the tray on the bench, and holding a large graceful urn of some liquid to replenish my cup.

The heart of Anne is likewise buried in a silver urn in the same vault.

The urn had been sent down, with strict injunctions to keep the water boiling, and all was cleared away.

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