What is the meaning of the word "vanity," and how is it used? 

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sdchumley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The primary meaning of vanity is being exceedingly conceited or arrogant about one's abilities, looks, intelligence, etc.  Sample sentences include the following:

1.  His vanity about his appearance made him spend 2 hours each morning primping and pruning his hair and clothes.

2. Angeline told Frank, "I am the smartest person you know, the smartest person you will ever know. You are worthless without me." When Frank heard Angeline's words, he knew her vanity was a trait with which he no longer wanted to deal, and he told her, "You might believe that you are the smartest person I know and will ever know, but I know something important. You, my dear Angelline, are the most vain person I know, and your vanity will be your downfall."

3.  Some people might say that the magazine, Vanity, showcases the various vanities of people -- their obsessions over beauty, appearance, clothing, having the best job, making the most money, knowing the "right people" -- but others might argue that Vanity allows people to seek to improve these qualities in themselves rather than to become overly arrogant about them.

Vanity also means

ccbsmrsciloski | Student

Vanity can also be defined as "emptiness." For example, the Bible states, "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity."  or "Emptiness, emptiness, all is worthless."

sarancol | Student

The word vanity has more than one meaning, but here are two of the most common meanings, and their use in sentences:

Definition #1:  taking great pride in your appearance or something that you can do (related to the word vain)

 synonym: conceit

 sentence: His vanity was damaged when he hit the wrong note in the middle of the piano concerto.

Definition #2:  a counter, usually containing a sink, that you would find in a bathroom, often with drawers or cupboards below for storage.

 sentence: I found the extra bars of soap in the vanity.

astrosonu | Student

Vanity means pride.

rachellopez | Student

The main definition of vanity is "excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain." This generally means someone who is conceited or full of themselves. An example sentence using vanity would be "Failure to be elected was a great blow to his vanity."

sesh | Student

Vanity, as I know, is empty pride.