urn

[ urn ]
/ ɜrn /

noun

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

Origin of urn

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

Related forms

urn·like, adjective

Can be confused

earn urn
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urn

/ (ɜːn) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

urnlike, adjective

Word Origin for urn

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