[ 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 formsvase·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vase


/ (vɑːz) /


a vessel used as an ornament or for holding cut flowers

Word Origin for vase

C17: via French from Latin vās vessel
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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.

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