- a vase, esp. one with a foot or pedestal
- a vase or other container used or designed to hold the ashes of a cremated body
- a large metal container with a faucet, used for making and serving hot coffee, tea, etc.
- Bot. the part of a moss capsule that bears the spores
Origin of urnMiddle English from Classical Latin urna, urn; akin to urceus, jug
- A vase of varying size and shape, usually having a footed base or pedestal, especially a lidded vase used to hold the ashes of person who has been cremated.
- A closed metal vessel having a spigot and used for warming or serving tea or coffee.
- Botany The spore-bearing part of a moss capsule.
Origin of urnMiddle English urne from Latin urna
- a vase with a footed base
- a metal vessel for serving tea or coffee
- a vessel for ashes or cremains of a deceased person
- (figuratively) Any place of burial; the grave.
- (historical, Roman antiquity) A measure of capacity for liquids, containing about three gallons and a half, wine measure. It was half the amphora, and four times the congius.
- (botany) A hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca.
From Latin urna (“vessel").
- (Internet) uniform resource name
urn - Computer Definition
(Uniform Resource Name) A name that identifies a resource on the Internet. Unlike URLs, which use network addresses (domain, directory path, file name), URNs use regular words that are protocol and location independent. Providing a higher level of abstraction, URNs are persistent (never change) and require a resolution service similar to the DNS system in order to convert names into real addresses. For the most part, URNs have evolved into XRI identifiers (see XDI). See URI and URL.