Pronunciation: (van'i-tē), [key]
—n., pl. -ties,
1. excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit: Failure to be elected was a great blow to his vanity.
2. an instance or display of this quality or feeling.
3. something about which one is vain.
4. lack of real value; hollowness; worthlessness: the vanity of a selfish life.
5. something worthless, trivial, or pointless.
6. See vanity case.
7. See dressing table.
8. a wide, counterlike shelf containing a wash basin, as in the bathroom of a hotel or residence, often equipped with shelves, drawers, etc., underneath.
9. a cabinet built below or around a bathroom sink, primarily to hide exposed pipes.
10. compact1 (def. 13).
1. produced as a showcase for one's own talents, esp. as a writer, actor, singer, or composer: a vanity production.
2. of, pertaining to, or issued by a vanity press: a spate of vanity books.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.