What does Vanity mean?

Definitions for Vanity
ˈvæn ɪ tiVan·i·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Vanity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanitynoun

    feelings of excessive pride

  2. vanity, emptinessnoun

    the quality of being valueless or futile

    "he rejected the vanities of the world"

  3. conceit, conceitedness, vanitynoun

    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

  4. dressing table, dresser, vanity, toilet tablenoun

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

GCIDE

  1. Vanitynoun

    same as dressing table.

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

  2. Vanitynoun

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. vanitynoun

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

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

  2. vanitynoun

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

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

  3. vanitynoun

    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.

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

  4. vanitynoun

    Emptiness.

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

  5. vanitynoun

    Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vanitynoun

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

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

  2. Vanitynoun

    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

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

  3. Vanitynoun

    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

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

  4. Vanitynoun

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

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Bruce Jenner:

    Bruce always had to tell a lie, caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I'm free.

  2. T. E. Lawrence:

    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 dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

  3. New York singer-songwriter Chloe Temtchine:

    A couple of years ago, I was at a Vanity Fair party and I met the real Steve Martin, he said he was honored to be named after a tank!

  4. L?Estrange:

    When men will not be reasoned out of a vanity, they must be ridiculed out of it.

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

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