One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A decorative container without handles, typically made of glass or china and used as an ornament or for displaying cut flowers.
- ‘Despite her idyllic life spent listening to lutes and arranging flowers for vases in the nunnery, she was very unhappy.’
- ‘Logan had accidentally knocked down one of the China vases that their mother adored so much.’
- ‘Flowers fill huge vases on the main verandah where you can sit sipping tea and eating delicious home made cake.’
- ‘Simple things such as clean windows, fresh flowers in a vase and pleasant aromas can make a world of difference.’
- ‘Ever since I bought my flat nearly 3 years ago I have kept fresh flowers in a vase in my lounge.’
- ‘He put the flowers into a vase on the small table next to her bed.’
- ‘Happy with the comfortable decor and the huge vases filled with flowers, I float into my cabin.’
- ‘Plain glass vases are still a florist's mainstay, and are perfect for those who prefer the focus to stay firmly on the beauty of the blooms.’
- ‘With or without flowers, vases should look good enough to stand alone as beautiful objects.’
- ‘Concealed lights accentuate the slender vases and glass candlestands on the dining tables.’
- ‘Molly is simply beaming as she shows off her painting: a vase of vibrant red flowers.’
- ‘The court was a homely little room, with flowers in vases and pot plants on desks rather than scales of justice and clanging doors.’
- ‘On his way to the kitchen, he noticed a vase of flowers on the kitchen counter that needed water.’
- ‘Ceramic flower vases and other tableware are available in a riot of colours.’
- ‘Nothing like a few vases of flowers about the place to cheer a dull day, even if we do have to pounce on every falling petal before it hits the floor.’
- ‘The large vases, jars, and bowls displayed are all richly decorated with delicate and elaborate blue underglazes.’
- ‘Large bowls and flower vases serve to spruce up the interiors with a bit of natural greenery and bright coloured blooms.’
- ‘Each table had its own menu and a vase with a single flower.’
- ‘These flowers in a glass vase can enhance the aesthetic appeal of one's living space.’
- ‘In the next room, diners eagerly await their home-cooked food at tables with tablecloths and small vases of flowers.’
Late Middle English: from French, from Latin vas ‘vessel’.
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