: an optical disc using a high-capacity format and containing especially a video recording (such as a movie) or computer data
a collection of DVDs
a film that is now available on DVD
often used before another noun
a DVD player/disk
also : the high-capacity format used on such a disk
DVD also offers the potential of playing various foreign-language audio tracks. Eric K. Gill

Examples of DVD in a Sentence

The movie just came out on DVD. Do you want to pick up a few DVDs for the weekend?
Recent Examples on the Web That was before Netflix made the pivotal decision in 2011 to separate the DVD side business from a streaming business that now boasts 238 million subscribers and generated $31.5 billion in revenue year. Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2023 Even crazier is that Spy Kids 3-D was released that way not only in theaters — where 3-D glasses could be distributed upon entry, the way it’s still done now — but on home video with a few pairs of 3-D glasses included in the DVD box. Calum Marsh, Vulture, 26 Sep. 2023 The move to phase out its 25-year-old DVD rental service was first announced in April, with Netflix saying that its final discs will be shipped Sept. 29. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 Also this month, Duran Duran’s feature-length docu-concert film, A Hollywood High, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray with exclusive bonus material. Lily Moayeri, Spin, 23 Aug. 2023 Netflix began as a DVD rental-by-mail company in 1997. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2023 Here Undefeated Undefeated Trailer - now on DVD and VOD Watch on The Manassas Tigers high school football team had spent years turning in losing seasons. Men's Health Editorial, Men's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 The film’s international impact was also a function of the DVD era. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2023 Asteroid City, with all-new exclusive bonus material, is on digital Friday then on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, Aug. 15, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


digital video disc

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of DVD was in 1993

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“DVD.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DVD. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

: a high-capacity plastic disk on which information (as computer data or a movie) is recorded digitally and read by using a laser

from digital video disc

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