Venn diagram


: a graph that employs closed curves and especially circles to represent logical relations between and operations on sets and the terms of propositions by the inclusion, exclusion, or intersection of the curves

Illustration of Venn diagram

Illustration of venn diagram
  • AB represents the intersection of sets A and B

Examples of Venn diagram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In February of 2023, Feadship posted an informative article on sustainability, essentially creating a verbal Venn diagram focused on the intersection of superyachts and the environment using the above headline. Kathleen Turner, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 And there’s not a big overlap in the Venn diagram of stuff that my kids and I both adore. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Mar. 2024 Either way, the best tummy-control underwear falls squarely in the middle of that Venn diagram between undergarments and shapewear. Malia Griggs, Glamour, 25 Mar. 2024 The friends never interact on camera, yet their stories converge like a triple Venn diagram. The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 As a couple, Lichtenberg and Marshall frequently perform and record together, drawing on an ever-expanding repertoire that makes for a fascinating musical Venn diagram. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 There’s a slim overlap in the Venn diagram of Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Patti Smith. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 Imagine a Venn diagram where one circle is filled with country music fans and the other is filled with metalheads. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 8 Feb. 2024 The report was accompanied by a Venn diagram of the three categories, which was widely shared among researchers and policymakers, spreading awareness of the threat. Joel Simon, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History


after John Venn *1834 †1923 English logician, who wrote a survey and formalization of such graphs in 1880

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Venn diagram was in 1918

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“Venn diagram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Venn diagram

: a diagram that uses overlapping circles to show collections of mathematical elements and what they have in common

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