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

Keep scrolling for more

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



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 Then Gattis and Moffat gave us their version of the vampire. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Netflix’s much-debated ‘Dracula’ is latest in long TV bloodline," 11 Jan. 2020 Ian Somerhalder is no stranger to the world of vampires. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Ian Somerhalder's vampire drama V Wars debuts first trailer featuring wife Nikki Reed," 19 Nov. 2019 The garlic emoji is finally here, just in time to repel all of the local vampires on Halloween. Morgan Raum,, "Calling All Waffle Lovers! Apple Released a Whole New Batch of Food Emojis—See What Made the Cut," 30 Oct. 2019 But rather than telling a story of funny vampires, Jojo Rabbit is dealing with very real monsters, and that makes its tonal calculus far trickier. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jojo Rabbit Is a Fraught Tonal Experiment," 17 Oct. 2019 After Cyrus exited the film, Selena Gomez took the part of vampire Mavis in her place, and has voiced the character for three films. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Selena Gomez Replaced Miley Cyrus In A Movie After She Was Allegedly Fired Over Penis Cake," 23 Aug. 2019 An anthropologist and his teenage son move to a Maine town full of vampires. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 The products sold on its website include, among other things, a mustard seed detox bath, an aromatic spray for psychic vampires, and a supplement called Brain Dust. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Sure, The Goop Lab Is Absurd—but It Also Offers Hope," 24 Jan. 2020 As someone who’d written a college thesis on vampires and sexuality, that would be ironic. Lisa Marie Basile, SELF, "I'm Furious That It Took Almost a Decade to Diagnose My Chronic Pain," 16 Oct. 2019

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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Statistics for vampire

Last Updated

20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vampire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vampire


How to pronounce vampire (audio)

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) \

Medical Definition of vampire

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on vampire

What made you want to look up vampire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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