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Definition of vanity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. vanities)
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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. see also vain
  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] behavior or attitudes that show people's vanity Politics is too often concerned only with the personal vanities of politicians.
  4. 4[countable] = dressing table
  5. 5[countable] a sink fixed into a flat surface with cupboards underneath
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: vanity