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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
vanity case
vanity plate
vanity press
vanity table
▪ She was carrying a small vanity case in one hand and her handbag in the other.
▪ A vanity case landed on top of the gearshift.
▪ Her vanity kept her from getting a hearing aid.
▪ His life is driven by vanity. He has to drive around in the most expensive car and wear the best designer clothes.
▪ Jo's vanity wouldn't let her walk past a mirror without looking in it.
Vanity by any other name is still vanity.
▪ Her older sisters plaited and decorated her hair, encouraging an already overdeveloped vanity.
▪ His erect pompadour stands as proof that his male vanity is unharmed despite his incarceration.
▪ However, little things which affect our vanity often influence us more strongly than major things which could affect our health.
▪ The fury aroused by his anti-Pitt eloquence was at once frightening and flattering to his vanity.
▪ They say I had the vanity to go down to Croisset and make an embarrassing scene on his doorstep.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dressing table \Dressing table\, n. a table, usually having a vertical back piece containing a mirror, at which a person may sit while dressing or applying makeup, and on which articles for the toilet stand. It often has drawers for toiletries, clothing, or accessories. It is also called a vanity or vanity table.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "that which is vain, futile, or worthless," from Old French vanite "self-conceit; futility; lack of resolve" (12c.), from Latin vanitatem (nominative vanitas) "emptiness, aimlessness; falsity," figuratively "vainglory, foolish pride," from vanus "empty, vain, idle" (see vain). Meaning "self-conceited" in English is attested from mid-14c. Vanity table is attested from 1936. Vanity Fair is from "Pilgrim's Progress" (1678).


n. 1 That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit. 2 Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements. 3 A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors on top. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon. 4 A washbasin installed into a permanently fixed storage unit, used as an item of bathroom furniture. 5 Emptiness. 6 (context obsolete English) Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.

  1. n. feelings of excessive pride [syn: amour propre, conceit, self-love]

  2. the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the vanities of the world" [syn: emptiness]

  3. the trait of being vain and conceited [syn: conceit]

  4. low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup [syn: dressing table, dresser, toilet table]


Vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility. The related term vainglory is now often seen as an archaic synonym for vanity, but originally meant boasting in vain, i.e. unjustified boasting; although glory is now seen as having an exclusively positive meaning, the Latin term gloria (from which it derives) roughly means boasting, and was often used as a negative criticism.

Vanity (singer)

Denise Katrina Matthews (January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016), better known as Vanity, was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model, who turned away from her music and acting career to concentrate on evangelism. Her career lasted from the early 1980s until the mid-1990s. She was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6 from 1981 until it disbanded in 1983. They are known for their 1982 R&B/ funk hit " Nasty Girl". Vanity's music career also included two solo albums on the Motown Records label, Wild Animal and Skin on Skin, as well as the minor hit singles " Pretty Mess", " Mechanical Emotion", " Undress" (from the movie Action Jackson), and " Under the Influence". She also had a successful film career, starring in the movies The Last Dragon, 52 Pick-Up, and Action Jackson. Throughout the 1980s to the 1990s, Vanity appeared in many magazines around the world. She died on February 15, 2016, at the age of 57, due to renal failure.

Vanity (clothing)

Vanity, also known as Vanity Shops, is an American specialty chain of fashion retailers that sells apparel and accessories targeted to fashion-conscious young females, online and in-stores. The company is headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota. The fashion retailer’s clothing items range in size from zero to 17 with pants inseam lengths of up to .

Vanity (1935 film)

Vanity is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring Jane Cain, Percy Marmont and John Counsell. The plot concerns a conceited actress, convinced of the general adoration in which she is held, faking her own death in order to gratify herself by observing the depth of grief caused by her demise. However the actual reactions to the "news" prove to be far from what she had expected.

Vanity (Titian)

Vanity is an oil painting by Italian late Renaissance painter Titian, dated to around 1515 and now held at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.

Vanity (disambiguation)

Vanity is excessive self-regard and overblown pride.

Vanity may also refer to:

  • Vanity (dressing-table), a dressing-table with a large mirror
  • Vanity unit of a bathroom
  • Vanity (clothing), American clothing retailer
  • , the name of more than one ship of the British Royal Navy

  • Vanity gallery, an art gallery for artists to present their own works
  • Vanity label, a recording produced by musicians themselves
  • Vanity number, a kind of telephone number
  • Vanity press, a publishing company that prints self-published works, provided the author pays the cost themselves
  • "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity", the opening verse of Ecclesiastes
  • Vanitas (Latin for vanity), a type of still life
Vanity (album)

Vanity is the third full-length studio album, and sixth release altogether, to be released by metalcore band Eighteen Visions. It was their first album to feature a music video, which was for " You Broke Like Glass". It was the last album to feature guitarist Brandan Schieppati as he left immediately after the recording of the album to focus on Bleeding Through. The band toured for the album with a single guitarist, Keith Barney. As of 2007, the album has sold over 100,000 copies in the United States.

Most critics and fans consider Vanity to be their final metalcore album, the band moving towards a more post-hardcore sound after this. It should however be noted that the band considered this change to have begun prior to this album, with the recording of " Motionless and White" which was featured on The Best of Eighteen Visions the year before. Hart's improved vocal style lead the band to write more melodic song structure rather than their previous technical metalcore compositions.

Vanity (1951 song)

"Vanity" is a popular song.

The music was written by Guy Wood, the lyrics by Jack Manus and Bernard Bierman. The song was published in 1951. It had some success on the charts, reaching the top 20, in 1951 and was recorded by Don Cherry, who had recorded the hit version, for his 1968 album, There Goes My Everything.

The original 1951 recording by Don Cherry was released by Decca Records as catalog number 27618. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on July 20, 1951 and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #17.

Vanity (1927 film)

Vanity is a 1927 American silent drama film directed by Donald Crisp and starring Leatrice Joy. The film was written by Douglas Doty, produced by DeMille Pictures Corporation and distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation.

The film is held by The Library of Congress.

Vanity (1947 film)

Vanity'' (Italian:Vanità'') is a 1947 Italian drama film directed by Giorgio Pastina and starring Walter Chiari, Liliana Laine and Dina Galli. The film is based on a play by Carlo Bertolazzi. Chiari was awarded a Nastro d'Argento for best debut performance. It was made at the Icet Studios in Milan.

The film is set in nineteenth century Milan.

Usage examples of "vanity".

On the dressing table, ably guarded by a dark Regency armchair cushioned in yet another floral, sat an assemblage of antique silver-hair accessories and crystal perfume flacons, the grouping flanked by two small lamps, everything centered around a gold Empire vanity mirror.

But these pompous titles, instead of gratifying the vanity of the Persian, served only to admonish him of his duty, and to inflame in his soul and shoulder the ambition of restoring in their full splendor, the religion and empire of Cyrus.

He was received at Sigan, the capital of the monarchy, by the troops, the mandarins, and the emperor himself, with all the honors that could adorn and disguise the triumph of Chinese vanity.

Raphael, by being employed in adulatory allegory, in honour of Princes, as is to be seen in the works of Rubens and Le Brun at Paris, artists of great talents, which they were led to misapply, through the supreme vanity of Louis the Fourteenth.

Solitude had killed every power in her save vanity, and the form her vanity took was peculiarly irritating to her husband, and in a lesser degree to her daughter, for neither the Elder nor Loo would have founded self-esteem on adventitious advantages of upbringing.

Apart from the requirements of a gradation of ranks, or the consequences of a conquest, the multitude delight to surround their chiefs with privileges--whether it be that their vanity makes them thus to aggrandize one of their own creations, or whether they try to conceal the humiliation of subjection by exaggerating the importance of those who rule them.

These remarks, delivered with an air of amorous despotism, flattered my vanity.

Lipsticks and Demerols, blushes and Percocet-5, Aubergine Dreams and Nembutal Sodium capsules are spread out all over the aquamarine countertops around the vanity sink.

Conscious that the human organism, normally capable of sustaining an atmospheric pressure of 19 tons, when elevated to a considerable altitude in the terrestrial atmosphere suffered with arithmetical progression of intensity, according as the line of demarcation between troposphere and stratosphere was approximated from nasal hemorrhage, impeded respiration and vertigo, when proposing this problem for solution, he had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.

I was about to launch into one of my old-time harangues about the sheer vanity of decorative dress, when my eye rested on the moving figures in asbestos, and I stopped.

At my age such treason should not have astonished me, but my vanity would not allow me to admit the fact.

But my thoughts were different when my vanity was stronger than love, for then despair avenged itself on pride, and I fancied he would think no more of me, and perhaps had already forgotten me.

I was delighted that my scheme of wounding her vanity had succeeded, and I began by reading aloud an anacreontic, adding to its beauties by the modulation of my voice, and keenly enjoying her pleasure at finding her work so fair.

My vanity made me conclude at once that she behaved thus only to increase my desire of knowing her, and to give me plenty of time to examine her side-face and her figure, the proportions of which were not concealed by her simple attire.

However much her heart might bleed over her losses, her vanity as an honest bourgeoise filled her with rebellious thoughts, for she could not admit that she had been in the wrong.