Definition of vanity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvænəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvænəti//
    (pl. vanities) Selfish, Proud
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  1. 1[uncountable] (disapproving) too much pride in your own appearance, abilities or achievements She had no personal vanity (= about her appearance). The invitation to head the committee flattered his vanity and he agreed. No doubt the idea appealed to his vanity. see also vain See related entries: Selfish, Proud
  2. 2[uncountable] (literary) the quality of being unimportant, especially compared with other things that are important the vanity of human ambition in the face of death
  3. 3vanities [plural] behaviour or attitudes that show people’s vanity Politics is too often concerned only with the personal vanities of politicians. See related entries: Selfish
  4. 4 (also vanity table) [countable] = dressing table
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French vanite, from Latin vanitas, from vanus ‘empty’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vanity