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vanity

noun uk   /ˈvæn.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/

vanity noun (SELFISH)

C2 [U] disapproving the fact that you are too interested in your appearance or achievements: He wants the job purely for reasons of vanity and ambition.

vanity noun (FURNITURE)

[C] US ( UK dressing table) a piece of bedroom furniture like a table with a mirror and drawers [C] US ( UK vanity unit) a small cupboard that stands on the floor in a bathroom and has a washbasin (= a fixed bowl-shaped container for water) in the top
Translations of “vanity”
in Korean 허영심…
in Arabic غُرور…
in Portuguese vaidade…
in Catalan vanitat…
in Japanese うぬぼれ, 虚栄…
in Italian vanità…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自負, 虛榮…
in Russian тщеславие…
in Turkish kendini beğenmişlik, kibir, gurur…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自负, 虚荣…
in Polish próżność…
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