- 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.
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- 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: Middle English vanite from Old French vanité from Classical Latin vanitas, emptiness, worthlessness from vanus, vain: see want
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noun pl. van·i·ties
- The quality or condition of being vain.
- Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.
- Lack of usefulness, worth, or effect; worthlessness.
- a. Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.b. Something about which one is vain or conceited.
- A vanity case.
- See dressing table.
- 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: Middle English vanite, from Old French, from Latin vānitās, from vānus, empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.