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

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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

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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 His clue package also highlighted vampire teeth and four gold bars. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Masked Singer' host Nick Cannon teased when Black Swan brings up ex, Mariah Carey; Robopine is out," 6 May 2021 The human-meets-vampire love story, adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel, also showed off several Oregon locations, including Ecola State Park, Silver Falls State Park and St. Helens. oregonlive, "Another Oregon location for ‘Twilight’ is the newest stop on the Oregon Film Trail," 5 May 2021 Belmont and Sypha investigate plans to resurrect the notorious vampire. Ben Flanagan |, al, "New on Netflix May 2021," 1 May 2021 But there's always more miles to run, more books to read, another vampire to fear or zombie to dispatch (or not). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Zen and the art of reading while running: What I learned from a year of horror audiobooks," 24 Apr. 2021 The horror comedy centers on the small Irish town of Six Mile Hill, where Eugene (Jack Rowan) and his pals punk tourists by taking them to the grave of Abhartach, the legendary vampire that inspired Dracula. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this Oscars weekend: HBO Max's 'Mortal Kombat,' Netflix's 'Stowaway'," 23 Apr. 2021 The Amazonian She is accompanied by her equally Amazonian warriors, and a vampire named Carmilla, from the 1872 Gothic novella of the same name. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Captain Comics: 3 great female-centric graphic novels," 3 Apr. 2021 The Frog brothers must prevent a vampire from unleashing an army of his repulsive ilk. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 And don’t worry, as far as realtor Matt Godbey knows, the previous owner was not a vampire. Sarah Midkiff,, "For Only $225,000, You Can Live Out Your Goth Funeral Home Fantasies," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Vampire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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) \

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