Urn definition

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A vase of varying size and shape, usually having a footed base or pedestal.
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A closed metal vessel having a spigot and used for warming or serving tea or coffee.
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A vase, esp. one with a foot or pedestal.
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A vase or other container used or designed to hold the ashes of a cremated body.
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A large metal container with a faucet, used for making and serving hot coffee, tea, etc.
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A vase with a footed base.
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(bot.) The part of a moss capsule that bears the spores.
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A vessel for ashes or cremains of a deceased person.
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(figuratively) Any place of burial; the grave.
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(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.
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(botany) A hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca.
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(botany) The spore-bearing part of a moss capsule.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
urn
Plural:
urns

Origin of urn

  • Middle English urne from Latin urna

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin urna (“vessel").

    From Wiktionary