Definitions for vanityˈvæn ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

van•i•ty*ˈvæn ɪ ti(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ties

  1. (n.)excessive pride in oneself or one's appearance; character or quality of being vain.

  2. an instance of this quality or feeling.

  3. something about which one is vain.

  4. lack of real value; worthlessness.

  5. something worthless, trivial, or pointless.

  6. Ref: vanity case.

  7. Category: Furniture

    Ref: dressing table.

  8. a cabinet built around or below a bathroom sink.

    Category: Furniture

  9. Ref: compact1 (def. 10). 1 13

  10. (adj.)produced as a showcase for one's own performing talents.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Literature, Showbiz

  11. of, pertaining to, or issued by a vanity press:

    vanity books.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Syn: See pride.

Origin of vanity:

1200–50; < OF < L vānitās=vān(us) (see vain ) +-itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanity(noun)

    feelings of excessive pride

  2. vanity, emptiness(noun)

    the quality of being valueless or futile

    "he rejected the vanities of the world"

  3. conceit, conceitedness, vanity(noun)

    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

  4. dressing table, dresser, vanity, toilet table(noun)

    low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vanity(noun)ˈvæn ɪ ti

    the quality of having too much pride in your appearance or abilities


  1. vanity(Noun)

    That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.

  2. vanity(Noun)

    Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.

  3. vanity(Noun)

    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.

  4. vanity(Noun)


  5. vanity(Noun)

    Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.

  6. Origin: vanus: emptiness or a void - vanitas: vanity through vanité to Middle English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vanity(noun)

    the quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity

  2. Vanity(noun)

    an inflation of mind upon slight grounds; empty pride inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal attainments or decorations; an excessive desire for notice or approval; pride; ostentation; conceit

  3. Vanity(noun)

    that which is vain; anything empty, visionary, unreal, or unsubstantial; fruitless desire or effort; trifling labor productive of no good; empty pleasure; vain pursuit; idle show; unsubstantial enjoyment

  4. Vanity(noun)

    one of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5


  1. Vanity

    In conventional parlance, vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility. The related term vainglory is now often seen as an archaic synonym for vanity, but originally meant boasting in vain, i.e. unjustified boasting; although glory is now seen as having an exclusively positive meaning, the Latin term gloria roughly means boasting, and was often used as a negative criticism.

Translations for vanity

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


excessive admiration of oneself; conceit

Vanity is her chief fault.

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