vault - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “vault”

See all translations

vault

noun [C]  us   /vɔlt/

vault noun [C] (ARCH)

a type of arch that supports a roof or ceiling, esp. in a church or public building, or a ceiling or roof supported by several of these arches

vault noun [C] (ROOM)

a room, esp. in or under the ground floor of a large building, that is used to store things safely: The museum keeps many of its treasures in temperature-controlled storage vaults. In a bank, a vault is where money, jewelry, important documents, etc., are locked for protection.

vault

verb [I/T]  us   /vɔlt/

vault verb [I/T] (JUMP)

to jump over something: [I/T] He vaulted (over) the gate. To vault is also to move someone suddenly to a much higher or more important position: [T] The speech vaulted him into the national spotlight.
(Definition of vault from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of vault?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “vault”

Definitions of “vault” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

May I sit here? Asking for and giving permission.

by Liz Walter,
June 03, 2015
We often find ourselves in situations where we need to ask for permission or to reply to people who ask us for permission. Here are some words and phrases to help you do this in a natural way. The simplest way to ask for permission is with the modal verb can: Can

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More