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

Other Words from vampire

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for vampire



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of vampire in a Sentence

regarded debt collectors as vampires who made a living from the misery of others
Recent Examples on the Web This adaptation uses a combination of humor and horror to reimagine the vampire classic. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2022 Rebuild your castle and convert humans into loyal servants in a quest to raise your vampire empire. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Why not Lady Dimitrescu, the super-tall vampire lady that instantly went viral online? Nick Romano,, 12 May 2022 In is a gorgeous, atmospheric, and surprisingly moving take on the age-old vampire tale. Andrew Walsh,, 5 May 2022 The chief trait that Lydia, the protagonist of this artful vampire novel, shares with monsters of old is hunger. The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The vampire thing is just sort of the backdrop of his life. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 The team identified 13 genes that vampire bats lost over their evolution. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 This means that vampire bats must begin urinating immediately after feeding to expel all the excess water sloshing inside their stomach and weighing them down. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vampire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About vampire

Time Traveler for vampire

Time Traveler

The first known use of vampire was in 1732

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near vampire



vampire bat

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for vampire

Last Updated

21 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Vampire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for vampire


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) \

Medical Definition of vampire

More from Merriam-Webster on vampire

Nglish: Translation of vampire for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of vampire for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about vampire


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!