What does urn mean?

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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


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Urn

    urn, n. a rounded or angular vase having a foot, a water vessel, an electoral vase, a tea-urn, &c.: a vessel in which the ashes of the dead were anciently deposited, hence the grave.—v.t. to enclose in an urn.—adj. Urn′al.—n. Urn′ful, as much as an urn will hold.—adj. Urn′-shaped, having the shape of an urn. [L. urna, an urn—urĕre, to burn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of urn in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of urn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles Sizemore:

    An urn is certainly cheaper than a burial plot.

  2. Pegy Lowery:

    For us, it’s been really hard, all I have now is pictures, an urn sitting on the mantle.

  3. William Faulkner:

    If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.

  4. Former Green Beret Stephen Florich:

    Because he was in The Louisiana National Guard does not mean that my family should have to cremate and put his ashes in an urn to put him in a smaller space.

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