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 othersb : a woman who exploits and ruins her lover
3 : vampire bat
vampiricplay \vam-ˈpir-ik\ adjective
vampirishplay \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r-ish\ adjective
Examples of vampire in a Sentence
regarded debt collectors as vampires who made a living from the misery of others
Recent Examples of vampire from the Web
The idea is that the titular amusement park is run by real vampires, werewolves, zombies and other creatures of the night, all pretending to be fake monsters.
Vampire bats dangle from the corners of the ceiling like fuzzy brown fruit.
The high-energy comic book adaptation returns for Season 2, with more angels, demons, vampires and darkly comic action.
This supernatural thriller gives us a 128-year-old vampire in love.
François Arnaud stars as a psychic medium lying low in a hamlet whose other residents include a witch, a vampire, an angel and a werewolf.
Like his Twilight co-star and ex-girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, Pattinson has appeared almost exclusively in low-budget arthouse fare since the popular vampire franchise wrapped in 2012.
First, came the vampire-like lamprey, which spread across the lakes with shocking speed in the 1940s, before scientists brought them under control with designer poison.
This and similar stories have gotten us into the habit of thinking that modern information technology is to totalitarianism what crosses are to vampires.
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Origin and Etymology of vampire
borrowed from French, borrowed from German Vampir, borrowed from Serbian vampir
First Known Use: 1732
VAMPIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vampire for English Language Learners
in stories : a dead person who leaves the grave at night to bite and suck the blood of living people
VAMPIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of vampire for Students
: the body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people
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