vampire

noun
vam·​pire | \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r \

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 \ adjective
vampirish \ˈvam-​ˌpī(-​ə)r-​ish \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for vampire

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

prey

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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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It's set in New York City, because where better for vampires to thrive than the city that never sleeps? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Vampires navigate NYC in first teasers for What We Do in the Shadows," 1 Nov. 2018 To literally nobody’s surprise, vampires have made the most money at US box offices over the past 20 years. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Ghosts, witches, zombies: which supernatural creature makes the most money at the box office?," 31 Oct. 2018 At her clinic, patients can partake in every major anti-aging treatment (injectables, lasers, etc.), including Sturm's signature vampire facial and blood-infused cream. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Just Revealed The One Secret To Her Glowy Skin," 18 Oct. 2018 The show follows Seth Steward (Colletti) and Jeremy Davis (Lafferty) five years after their hit television vampire drama, Eternal has ended. Kristen O'brien, PEOPLE.com, "One Tree Hill's James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti Reunite for a Show About Struggling Actors," 12 July 2018 The follow-up film had Dracula and his buddies trying to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson as a way of keeping Mavis from leaving the hotel. Rick Bentley, chicagotribune.com, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 The follow-up film had Dracula and his buddies trying to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson as a way of keeping Mavis from leaving the hotel. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 2018 Having long nails is something that’s always been associated with vampires, witches, even aristocrats—nails were historically used for power. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 2018 From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen, there are both vintage and modern versions of vampires. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "One of Our Favorite Halloween Costume Ideas Is This DIY Vampire," 25 Oct. 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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vampire

noun

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

vampire

noun
vam·​pire | \ˈvam-ˌpīr \

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

vampire

noun
vam·​pire | \ˈvam-ˌpī(ə)r \

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