v

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noun

plural v's or vs ˈvēz How to pronounce v (audio)
often capitalized, often attributive
1
a
: the 22nd letter of the English alphabet
b
: a graphic representation of this letter
c
: a speech counterpart of orthographic v
2
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

v

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abbreviation (1)

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

V

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abbreviation (2)

1
violence; violent
2
volt

V

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symbol

vanadium

Example Sentences

Noun The word “vest” starts with a v. The word “vest” starts with v. The birds flew in a V.

Word History

First Known Use

Noun

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near v

Cite this Entry

“V.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/v. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

v

noun

ˈvē
plural v's or vs
often capitalized
1
: the 22nd letter of the English alphabet
2
: five in Roman numerals

Medical Definition

V 1 of 2

abbreviation

volt

V

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symbol

vanadium

Legal Definition

versus

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