vampire

noun
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 And don’t worry, as far as realtor Matt Godbey knows, the previous owner was not a vampire. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "For Only $225,000, You Can Live Out Your Goth Funeral Home Fantasies," 30 Mar. 2021 The death of his mother at the hands of a vampire launches Abraham Lincoln on a 45-year quest to avenge her and eliminate the undead scourge from the world. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 James Marsters, who played the fan-favorite villain turned hero vampire Spike, shared that Whedon once backed him into a wall, disparaging him for his character’s unforeseen popularity in the series. Gabrielle Sanchez, Vulture, "A Complete Timeline of Every Joss Whedon Controversy," 24 Mar. 2021 Bella must choose between Edward and Jacob amid a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire’s quest for revenge. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 Per Variety, Showtime has placed a pilot order for the upcoming series adaptation of Lindqvist’s hit vampire novel, written by showrunner Andrew Hinderaker. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "Let the Right One In," 15 Mar. 2021 In the popular discourse, the thing seems to revolve around whether the robots are going to kind of take us over, a kind of crazy zombie vampire kind of scenario, except featuring kind of sophisticated AI robots. Will Knight, Wired, "Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven By AI," 8 Mar. 2021 And from 2008 to its conclusion in 2014, van Straten played the vampire Pamela Swynford De Beaufort on the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. Tim Clark, Forbes, "Paradise Cove: A Taught Thriller That Reveals An Inconvenient Truth," 1 Mar. 2021 Rumor has it one vampire still resides there, trapped by their bloodlust. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, "Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games," 25 Feb. 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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15 Apr 2021

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“Vampire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vampire. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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 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

vampire

noun
vam·​pire | \ ˈvam-ˌpī(ə)r How to pronounce vampire (audio) \

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