Meaning of “vanity” in the English Dictionary

"vanity" in British English

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uk /ˈvæn.ə.ti/ us /ˈvæn.ə.t̬i/

vanityadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈvæn.ə.ti/ us /ˈvæn.ə.t̬i/

used to describe something that is done with the aim of getting praise, fame, or approval rather than for serious or good reasons:

The new bridge was quickly condemned as a "pointless vanity project", intended to enhance the reputation of the mayor.
vanity publishing

(Definition of “vanity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vanity" in American English

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vanitynoun [ U ]

us /ˈvæn·ɪ·t̬i/

the personal characteristic of being too proud of and interested in yourself, esp. in your appearance or achievements

(Definition of “vanity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)