From Middle English urne, from Old French urne, from Latin urna (“vessel”).
urn (plural urns)
- A vase with a footed base.
- A metal vessel for serving tea or coffee.
- A vessel for the ashes or cremains of a deceased person.
- (figuratively) Any place of burial; the grave.
- (historical, Roman antiquity) A measure of capacity for liquids, containing about three gallons and a half, wine measure. It was half the amphora, and four times the congius.
- (botany) A hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca.
urn (third-person singular simple present urns, present participle urning, simple past and past participle urned)
- (transitive) To place in an urn.