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See also: URN and urn.



From Middle English urne, from Old French urne, from Latin urna (vessel).


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urn (plural urns)

  1. A vase with a footed base.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Wilkins and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      A rustic, digging in the ground by Padua, found an urn, or earthen pot, in which there was another urn.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      His scattered limbs with my dead body burn, / And once more join us in the pious urn.
    • 1967, Barbara Sleigh, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 47:
      Mary Fibbs and all her friends start making coughing noises whenever I come near them, and then they all giggle and Mary says Grandfather mixes his cough medicine in the urns on top of the gate posts after dark with his umbrella, and now Jessamy!
  2. A metal vessel for serving tea or coffee.
  3. A vessel for the ashes or cremains of a deceased person.
  4. (figuratively) Any place of burial; the grave.
  5. (historical, Roman antiquity) A measure of capacity for liquids, containing about three gallons and a half, wine measure. It was half the amphora, and four times the congius.
  6. (botany) A hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca.



urn (third-person singular simple present urns, present participle urning, simple past and past participle urned)

  1. (transitive) To place in an urn.

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Latin urna.


  • IPA(key): /ʏrn/
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  • Hyphenation: urn
  • Rhymes: -ʏrn


urn f (plural urnen, diminutive urntje n)

  1. funerary urn
    Synonym: asvaas
  2. any other footed vase

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