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Standard Definition

[n] low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
[n] the trait of being vain and conceited
[n] the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the vanities of the world"
[n] feelings of excessive pride


amour propre - (4 syllables), conceit - (2 syllables), conceit - (2 syllables), dresser - (2 syllables), dressing table - (4 syllables), emptiness - (3 syllables), self-love - (2 syllables), toilet table - (4 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\Van"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Vanities}. [OE. vanite, vanit['e], L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See {Vain}.]
1. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. --Eccl. i.

2. Here I may well show the vanity of that which is reported in the story of Walsingham. --Sir J. Davies.
2. 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. The exquisitely sensitive vanity of Garrick was galled. --Macaulay.
3. 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. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher. --Eccl. i.
2. Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the certainty of things to come. --Sir P. Sidney. [Sin] with vanity had filled the works of men. --Milton. Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled, That all her vanities at once are dead; Succeeding vanities she still regards. --Pope.
4. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See {Morality}, n.,
5. You . . . take vanity the puppet's part. --Shak. Syn: Egotism; pride; emptiness; worthlessness; self-sufficiency. See {Egotism}, and {Pride}.