[veys, veyz, vahz]


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

Related Words for vase

container, urn, jar, pot, vessel, ewer, amphora, crater, jardiniere, krater

Examples from the Web for vase

Contemporary Examples of vase

Historical Examples of vase

  • The girl shortened the stems of the roses and put them in a vase on Katy's dresser.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • It looked grave and bare, with not even a flower in a vase to brighten it.

  • Bishop noticed the thistle bouquet in a vase over the chronometer.


    James Causey

  • Mabel looked at me and then picked up a vase off the mantle over the fire-place.

  • Lydia did no dusting of tables or arranging of flowers in a vase.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for vase



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper