noun, often capitalized, often attributive
\ ˈvē How to pronounce v (audio) \
plural v's or vs\ ˈvēz How to pronounce vs (audio) \

Definition of v

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the 22nd letter of the English alphabet
b : a graphic representation of this letter
c : a speech counterpart of orthographic v
3 : a graphic device for reproducing the letter v
4 : one designated v especially as the 22nd in order or class
5 : something shaped like the letter V


abbreviation (1)

Definition of v (Entry 2 of 4)

1 vector
2 velocity
3 verse
4 verso
5 versus
6 very
7 vice
8 victory
9 vide
10 voice
11 voltage
12 volume
13 vowel


abbreviation (2)

Definition of V (Entry 3 of 4)

1 violence; violent
2 volt

Definition of V (Entry 4 of 4)


Examples of v in a Sentence

Noun The word “vest” starts with a v. The word “vest” starts with v. The birds flew in a V.
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First Known Use of v


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of v was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“V.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/v. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce V (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of v

: the 22nd letter of the English alphabet
: the Roman numeral that means five
: something shaped like a V


noun, often capitalized
\ ˈvē How to pronounce v (audio) \
plural v's or vs\ ˈvēz \

Kids Definition of v

1 : the 22nd letter of the English alphabet
2 : five in Roman numerals

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Medical Definition of V

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Medical Definition of V (Entry 2 of 2)


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to insert between existing elements

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