vam·​pire | \ ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r How to pronounce vampire (audio) \

Definition of vampire

1 : the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep
2a : one who lives by preying on others
b : a woman who exploits and ruins her lover

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Other Words from vampire

vampiric \ vam-​ˈpir-​ik How to pronounce vampiric (audio) \ adjective
vampirish \ ˈvam-​ˌpī(-​ə)r-​ish How to pronounce vampirish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for vampire


bloodsucker, buzzard, harpy, kite, predator, shark, vulture, wolf



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Examples of vampire in a Sentence

regarded debt collectors as vampires who made a living from the misery of others

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According to Robert Pattinson, your favorite band of vampires and werewolves may be getting back together. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Robert Pattinson Says He's "Got the Botox Out" in the Event His Twilight Role Reprises," 11 Sep. 2018 The news comes a day after Netflix handed out a straight-to-series order for 10-episode vampire drama V-Wars, starring The Vampire Diaries grad Ian Somerhalder. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Picks Up Monster Drama Series 'The Order'," 17 Apr. 2018 Multi-colored cards, as the name suggests, often overlap with two colors (a vampire cleric would be a good white/black card for example) and requires both color land to play the card. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Cassidy falls in with the Children of Blood, led by a charismatic bisexual vampire. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018 The bosses seem more interested in dress code infractions than in thinking how our clients perceive the oddness of clerks hiding in vampire-like caves working and talking to them in the dark. New York Times, "How to Deal With Misguided Job Inquiries," 22 June 2018 One or two might luck to find a superstar or two among their current prospects, but the hope of that must be augmented by a scary word that might find Jeter and Sherman recoiling like vampires foisted into sunlight. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Jeter impatient for Marlins to win? It will take bold action, but here's what he can do | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 Whip some up and go be a vampire or a zombie princess or whatever. 1. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Fake Blood for Halloween," 31 July 2018 Hair of werewolf, sweat of ghost, vampire's fang; 3. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Ultimate "Halloweentown" Trivia Quiz," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of vampire

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vampire

borrowed from French, borrowed from German Vampir, borrowed from Serbian vampir

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The first known use of vampire was in 1732

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English Language Learners Definition of vampire

in stories : a dead person who leaves the grave at night to bite and suck the blood of living people


vam·​pire | \ ˈvam-ˌpīr How to pronounce vampire (audio) \

Kids Definition of vampire

: the body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people


vam·​pire | \ ˈvam-ˌpī(ə)r How to pronounce vampire (audio) \

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