) KEY NOUN: pl. van·i·ties
- The quality or condition of being vain.
- Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.
- Lack of usefulness, worth, or effect; worthlessness.
- Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.
- Something about which one is vain or conceited.
- A vanity case.
- See dressing table.
- A bathroom cabinet that encloses a basin and its water lines and drain, usually furnished with shelves and drawers underneath for storage of toiletries.
Middle English vanite
, from Old French, from Latin vnits
, from vnus
; see eu-
in Indo-European roots