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



    BrE BrE//vɔːlt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//vɔːlt//
    Religious buildings, Architectural features
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  1. 1 a room with thick walls and a strong door, especially in a bank, used for keeping valuable things safe Most of her jewellery is stored in bank vaults. The jewels were kept in a bank vault.
  2. 2 a room under a church or in a cemetery, used for burying people She is to be buried in the family vault. See related entries: Religious buildings
  3. 3a roof or ceiling in the form of an arch or a series of arches See related entries: Architectural features
  4. 4a jump made by vaulting see also pole vault
  5. Word Originnoun Middle English: from Old French voute, based on Latin volvere ‘to roll’.
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