from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being vain.
- n. Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.
- n. Lack of usefulness, worth, or effect; worthlessness.
- n. Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.
- n. Something about which one is vain or conceited.
- n. A vanity case.
- n. See dressing table.
- n. A bathroom cabinet that encloses a basin and its water lines and drain, usually furnished with shelves and drawers underneath for storage of toiletries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
- n. Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
- n. 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.
- n. Emptiness.
- n. Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.
- n. same as dressing table.
- n. A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being vain
- n. The desire of indiscriminate admiration; inflation of mind upon slight ground; empty pride, inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal attainments or adornments, and making its possessor anxious for the notice and applause of others.
- n. Ostentation; ambitious display; pompous vaunting; pride; vainglory.
- n. That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, or unsubstantial
- n. Fruitless desire or endeavor; effort which produces no result.
- n. An empty or vain conceit; a trifle.
- n. In the Bible, a heathen deity, as having no proper existence.
- n. One of the personified vices in the old moralities and puppet-shows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
- n. feelings of excessive pride
- n. the quality of being valueless or futile
- n. the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
Middle English vanite, from Old French, from Latin vānitās, from vānus, empty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English vanite, from Old French vanité, from Latin vanitas, from Latin vanus, whence English vain. (Wiktionary)