Definitions for urnɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

urnɜrn(n.)

  1. a large or decorative vase, esp. one with an ornamental foot or pedestal.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. a vase for holding the ashes of the cremated dead.

  3. a large metal container with a spigot, used for making or serving tea or coffee in quantity.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. the spore-bearing part of the capsule of a moss, between lid and seta.

    Category: Botany

Origin of urn:

1325–75; ME urne < L urna earthen vessel, akin to urceus pitcher, Gk hýrchē jar

Princeton's WordNet

  1. urn(noun)

    a large vase that usually has a pedestal or feet

  2. urn(noun)

    a large pot for making coffee or tea

Wiktionary

  1. urn(Noun)

    a vase with a footed base

  2. urn(Noun)

    a metal vessel for serving tea or coffee

  3. urn(Noun)

    a vessel for ashes or cremains of a deceased person

  4. Origin: From urna.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Urn(noun)

    a vessel of various forms, usually a vase furnished with a foot or pedestal, employed for different purposes, as for holding liquids, for ornamental uses, for preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation, and anciently for holding lots to be drawn

  2. Urn(noun)

    fig.: Any place of burial; the grave

  3. Urn(noun)

    a measure of capacity for liquids, containing about three gallons and a haft, wine measure. It was haft the amphora, and four times the congius

  4. Urn(noun)

    a hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca

  5. Urn(noun)

    a tea urn. See under Tea

  6. Urn(verb)

    to inclose in, or as in, an urn; to inurn

Freebase

  1. Urn

    An urn is a vase, ordinarily covered, that usually has a narrowed neck above a footed pedestal. "Knife urns" placed on pedestals flanking a dining-room sideboard were an English innovation for high-style dining rooms of the late 1760s. They went out of fashion in the following decade, in favour of knife boxes that were placed on the sideboard. In Classical terms, an urn is a large decorative covered container of wood, metal, pottery, etc. In furniture, it was a large wooden vase-like container which was usually set on a pedestal on either side of a side table. This was the characteristic of Adam designs and also of Hepplewhite's work. Urns were also used as decorative turnings at the cross points of stretchers in 16th and 17th century furniture designs. The urn and the vase were often set on the central pedestal in a "broken" or "swan's" neck pediment.


Translations for urn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

urn(noun)

a tall vase or other container, especially for holding the ashes of a dead person

a stone-age burial urn.

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