- Vanity is the quality of having too much pride one's appearance or accomplishments or a bathroom cabinet that has a mirror and a sink.
- An example of vanity is a girl thinking she is the prettiest in the entire school.
- An example of vanity is where a woman might put on her makeup.
This is vanity.
A woman of vanity.
- any thing or act that is vain, futile, idle, or worthless
- the quality or fact of being vain, or worthless; futility
- the quality or fact of being vain, or excessively proud of oneself or one's qualities or possessions; self-conceit
- a thing about which one is vain or conceited
- ☆ vanity case
- ☆ a small table or ledge with a mirror for use while putting on cosmetics, combing one's hair, etc.; dressing table
- ☆ a bathroom cabinet with a washbowl set in the top
Origin of vanityMiddle English vanite ; from Old French vanité ; from Classical Latin vanitas, emptiness, worthlessness ; from vanus, vain: see want
- a. Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.b. Something about which one is vain or conceited: “One thing &ellipsis; rather quenched her vanities: she had to wear her cousin's clothes” (Louisa May Alcott).
- a. Worthlessness, pointlessness, or futility: the vanity of regretting missed opportunities.b. Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.
- a. See vanity case.b. See dressing table.c. A bathroom cabinet that encloses a basin and its water lines and drain, usually furnished with shelves and drawers underneath for storage of toiletries.
Origin of vanityMiddle English vanite, from Old French, from Latin vānitās, from vānus, empty; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
- Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
- A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
- Francis Bacon
- To help the matter, the alchemists call in many vanities out of astrology.