Lidded ovaloid vase
on a circular plan
used in Classical Antiquity to contain cremated remains. It was a form later revived for purposes of architectural decoration, on balustrade pedestals
, set in niches
, used as garden-ornaments, employed in funerary monuments (often draped, or with a portrait-medallion of the deceased on its side, especially in Neo-Classical examples), shown in relief on friezes
, etc., and sometimes with representations of flames issuing from the lid.
urn / ərn/ • n. 1. a tall, rounded vase with a base, and often a stem, esp. one used for storing the ashes of a cremated person.
2. a large metal container with a tap, in which tea or coffee is made and kept hot, or water for making such drinks is boiled: a tea urn.
• v. [tr.] archaic place (something) in an urn.
, astern, Berne, burn, churn, concern, discern, earn, fern, fohn, kern, learn, Lucerne, quern, Sauternes, spurn, stern, Sterne, tern, terne, Traherne, turn, urn, Verne, yearn
•Bayern • Blackburn • heartburn
•Hepburn • Raeburn • Swinburne
•sideburn • sunburn • Bannockburn
•lady-fern • Vättern • extern
•Comintern • taciturn
•U-turn • upturn
vessel in which to preserve the ashes of the dead XIV; vessel for holding voting-tablets or the like XVI; oviform pot or pitcher XVII (tea urn
XVIII). — L. urna
, rel. to urceus