cam·​cord·​er | \ ˈkam-ˌkȯr-dər How to pronounce camcorder (audio) \

Definition of camcorder

: a small portable combined camera and video recording device

Examples of camcorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next morning, with bleary-eyed Noonan still recovering, John grabbed the camcorder in his friend's room and started filming him. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "When JFK Jr. and Carolyn got married: Never before seen tapes on TV for first time," 14 July 2019 The older terrorist network has struggled to appeal to a younger generation of recruits, who were lured to ISIS by slick videos shot on drones and GoPros when Al Qaeda was still issuing hourlong lectures by aging leaders staring at camcorders. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Death of Hamza bin Laden Seen as Blow to Al Qaeda’s Future," 1 Aug. 2019 Around the government complex Tuesday morning, police officers with handheld camcorders circled the building filming evidence. Washington Post, "Cleanup begins in Hong Kong after a night of unleashed anger," 2 July 2019 Footage of police officers engaging in alleged criminal behavior has made national news at least since the 1991 beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King, captured by a witness’ camcorder. Rafael Olmeda,, "More cops caught on camera. But can you believe what you’re seeing?," 22 July 2019 First sold commercially in 1991 by Sony for its camcorders, these types of batteries are good for much more than portable consumer electronics. Robert Masse, The Conversation, "How do lithium-ion batteries work?," 15 July 2019 Other gadgets that have stayed the course: camcorders, radios, clock radios, desk phones, and DVRs. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Why people still love retro technology like iPods and instant-film cameras," 12 July 2019 Over the years, Sony has made fantastic camcorders, stereo components, cameras, portable media players, and phones. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "The brand that kicked off the portable music revolution is now a walking zombie," 3 July 2019 Ailes, enjoying the perks of high-stakes yellow journalism, captures images of Luhn with a camcorder in one hand and paws at her garter belt and distressed face with the other. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“The Loudest Voice” Eviscerates Roger Ailes and Fox News," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of camcorder

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camcorder

camera + recorder

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How to pronounce camcorder (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of camcorder

: a small video camera for personal use


cam·​cord·​er | \ ˈkam-ˌkȯr-dər How to pronounce camcorder (audio) \

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: a small video camera

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