Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. synonym: conceit.
  • noun Something about which one is vain or conceited.
  • noun Worthlessness, pointlessness, or futility.
  • noun Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.
  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or state of being vain
  • noun 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.
  • noun Ostentation; ambitious display; pompous vaunting; pride; vainglory.
  • noun That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, or unsubstantial
  • noun Fruitless desire or endeavor; effort which produces no result.
  • noun An empty or vain conceit; a trifle.
  • noun In the Bible, a heathen deity, as having no proper existence.
  • noun One of the personified vices in the old moralities and puppet-shows.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • noun One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.
  • noun same as dressing table.
  • noun A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
  • noun Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
  • 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.
  • noun Emptiness.
  • noun obsolete Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
  • noun feelings of excessive pride
  • noun the quality of being valueless or futile
  • noun the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English vanite, from Old French, from Latin vānitās, from vānus, empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English vanite, from Old French vanité, from Latin vanitas, from Latin vanus, whence English vain.

Examples

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  • “What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate�?

    - Henry David Thoreau

    July 26, 2009

  • Pull down thy vanity, I say pull down.

    Learn of the green world what can be thy place. - Ezra Pound

    February 18, 2011