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, 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

GCIDE

  1. Vanity(n.)

    same as dressing table.

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

  2. Vanity(n.)

    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. vanity(Noun)

    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. vanity(Noun)

    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. 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.

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

  4. vanity(Noun)

    Emptiness.

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

  5. vanity(Noun)

    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. Vanity(noun)

    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. 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

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

  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

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

  4. Vanity(noun)

    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. Kedar Joshi:

    I am philosophical Christ; crucified on the cross of ignorance for the sake of divine vanity.

  2. Henry Bromel:

    Sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn't all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you Maybe it was only a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity.

  3. Joyce Carol Oates:

    When you're 50 you start thinking about things you haven't thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity-but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.

  4. James Boswell:

    To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.

  5. Flavio Volpe:

    The Minister’s drive to achieve another vanity trophy paid for by the regular people who work in Canada’s auto sector is amazing to watch and I congratulate him on this ignominious achievement.

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