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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

URN, n. [L. urna.]
1. A kind of vase of a roundish form, largest in the middle; used as an ornament.
2. A vessel for water.
3. A vessel in which the ashes of the dead were formerly kept.
4. A Roman measure for liquids, containing about three gallons and a half, wine measure. It was half the amphora, and four times the congius.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a large vase that usually has a pedestal or feet
2: a large pot for making coffee or tea

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English urne, from Latin urna Date: 14th century 1. a vessel that is typically an ornamental vase on a pedestal and that is used for various purposes (as preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation) 2. a closed vessel usually with a spigot for serving a hot beverage <a coffee urn>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a vase with a foot and usu. a rounded body, esp. for storing the ashes of the cremated dead or as a vessel or measure. 2 a large vessel with a tap, in which tea or coffee etc. is made or kept hot. 3 poet. anything in which a dead body or its remains are preserved, e.g. a grave. --v.tr. enclose in an urn. Derivatives: urnful n. (pl. -fuls). Etymology: ME f. L urna, rel. to urceus pitcher

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Urn Urn, v. t. To inclose in, or as in, an urn; to inurn. When horror universal shall descend, And heaven's dark concave urn all human race. --Young.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Urn Urn, n. [OE. urne, L. urna; perhaps fr. urere to burn, and sop called as being made of burnt clay (cf. East): cf. F. urne.] 1. 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. A rustic, digging in the ground by Padua, found an urn, or earthen pot, in which there was another urn. --Bp. Wilkins. His scattered limbs with my dead body burn, And once more join us in the pious urn. --Dryden. 2. Fig.: Any place of burial; the grave. Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, Tombless, with no remembrance over them. --Shak. 3. (Rom. Antiq.) 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. (Bot.) A hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca. 5. A tea urn. See under Tea. Urn mosses (Bot.), the order of true mosses; -- so called because the capsules of many kinds are urn-shaped.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(urns) 1. An urn is a container in which a dead person's ashes are kept. N-COUNT 2. An urn is a metal container used for making a large quantity of tea or coffee and keeping it hot. N-COUNT: usu supp N

Moby Thesaurus

adobe, biscuit, bisque, bone pot, bowl, brick, cement, ceramic ware, ceramics, china, cinerary urn, crock, crockery, enamelware, firebrick, funeral urn, glass, jug, ossuary, porcelain, pot, pottery, refractory, tile, tiling, vase


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