What does Vanity mean?

Definitions for Vanity
ˈvæn ɪ tiVan·i·ty

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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


  1. Vanity(n.)

    same as dressing table.

  2. Vanity(n.)

    A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.

  3. Origin: [OE. vanite, F. vanit, L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See Vain.]


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. vanite, F. vanit, L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See Vain.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vanity

    See Vain.

Editors Contribution

  1. Vanity

    Vanity is nothing else but excessive pride, regard, trust, hope, admiration or dependence in one's own or someone else's riches, wealth, social status, family background, qualification, beauty, handsomeness or stuffs like that.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on February 28, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vanity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vanity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Vanity in a Sentence

  1. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:

    There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.

  2. Iris Murdoch:

    Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.

  3. Florence Nightingale:

    By mortifying vanity we do ourselves no good. It is the want of interest in our life which produces it; by filling up that want of interest in our life we can alone remedy it.

  4. T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.:

    All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Our eternity is not real; it resembles us; it is our own invention; its scent is vanity.

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