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Meaning of “urn” in the English Dictionary

"urn" in British English

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urnnoun [C]

uk   /ɜːn/  us   /ɝːn/
a ​container, ​especially a ​large, round one on a ​stem, that is used for ​decorativepurposes in a ​garden, or one that has a ​lid and is used for ​holding a ​dead person's ​ashes (= the ​powder that is ​left after a ​deadbody has been ​burned) a ​large, cylinder-shaped ​metalcontainer with a ​lid, used for ​holding a ​largeamount of a ​drink such as ​tea or ​coffee and ​keeping it ​hot: a ​tea urn
(Definition of urn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"urn" in American English

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urnnoun [C]

 us   /ɜrn/
a ​large, round ​container from which ​coffee or ​tea is ​served, or a ​decorativecontainer, esp. one that ​holds the ​ashes of the ​body of a ​deadperson after it has been ​cremated (= ​burned)
(Definition of urn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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