• (British) IPA: /ɜːn/
  • (America) IPA: /ɝn/

urn (plural urns)

  1. A vase with a footed base.
    • A rustic, digging in the ground by Padua, found an urn, or earthen pot, in which there was another urn.
    • His scattered limbs with my dead body burn, / And once more join us in the pious urn.
  2. A metal vessel for serving tea or coffee.
  3. A vessel for the ashes or cremains of a deceased person.
  4. (figurative) Any place of burial; the grave.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn, / Tombless, with no remembrance over them.
  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.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: ча́йник
Translations Verb

urn (urns, present participle urning; past and past participle urned)

  1. (transitive) To place in an urn.


urn (plural urns)

  1. (Internet) Initialism of uniform resource name

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