vanity

[ van-i-tee ]
/ ˈvæn ɪ ti /

noun, plural van·i·ties.

adjective

produced as a showcase for one's own talents, especially as a writer, actor, singer, or composer: surprisingly entertaining for a vanity production.
of, relating to, or issued by a vanity press: a spate of vanity books.

Origin of vanity

1200–50; Middle English vanite < Old French < Latin vānitās, equivalent to vān- (see vain) + -itās- -ity

SYNONYMS FOR vanity

4 emptiness, sham, unreality, folly, triviality, futility.

Related forms

van·i·tied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vanity

vanity

/ (ˈvænɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being vain; excessive pride or conceit
ostentation occasioned by ambition or pride
an instance of being vain or something about which one is vain
the state or quality of being valueless, futile, or unreal
something that is worthless or useless
NZ short for vanity unit

Word Origin for vanity

C13: from Old French vanité, from Latin vānitās emptiness, from vānus empty
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