vam·​pire ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r How to pronounce vampire (audio)
: the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep
: one who lives by preying on others
: a woman who exploits and ruins her lover
vampiric adjective
vampirish adjective

Examples of vampire in a Sentence

regarded debt collectors as vampires who made a living from the misery of others
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Word History


borrowed from French, borrowed from German Vampir, borrowed from Serbian vampir

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vampire was in 1732

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Cite this Entry

“Vampire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


vam·​pire ˈvam-ˌpī(ə)r How to pronounce vampire (audio)
: the body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping persons

Medical Definition


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

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