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
YOUR COMPLAINT: Sometimes when the conductor says there is another train behind us, there is no train—only a cloud of vampire bats.
In one part of the exhibit, a vampire bat flies away from its mount.
Among them are the little brown bats and big brown bats, which are common in Michigan, and tiny vampire bats, which typically survive on cow blood.
Ever since Anne Rice resurrected the vampire legend with purple-prose portraits of the suave and worldly undead, Dracula & Co. have been portrayed as thoughtful characters with lots of style.
Either that, or the new, vampire-centric Crimson Court is just that tantalizing.
Alexander Skarsgård, a man who played a vampire for seven years, had a showdown with the sun last weekend.
At the close of that inaugural season, Jesse -- along with Tulip and vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) -- sets out to track down and confront God.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of vampire
borrowed from French, borrowed from German Vampir, borrowed from Serbian vampir
First Known Use: 1732See Words from the same year
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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