An urn is a large, hollow vase that's usually made of metal or clay. Some urns are used for making coffee or tea, others are made to put someone’s ashes in. Go figure.

Urn is probably from the Latin word urna for "a jar or vessel," but some say it’s from another Latin word urere which means, "to burn.” While some urns are used for making hot drinks, the most common use of an urn is holding the ashes of a dead person. Most urns are decorated. “Ode to a Grecian Urn” by the Romantic poet John Keats (1820), is a poem about the figures on a classical Greek urn.

Definitions of urn
  1. noun
    a large vase that usually has a pedestal or feet
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    type of:
    an open jar of glass or porcelain used as an ornament or to hold flowers
  2. noun
    a large pot for making coffee or tea
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    coffee urn
    an urn in which coffee is made and kept hot
    a metal urn with a spigot at the base; used in Russia to boil water for tea
    tea urn
    an urn in which tea is brewed and from which it is served
    type of:
    metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid
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