vid·​eo | \ˈvi-dē-ˌō \

Definition of video 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : videotape: such as

a : a recording of a motion picture or television program for playing through a television set

b : a videotaped performance of a song often featuring an interpretation of the lyrics through visual images

2 : a digital recording of an image or set of images (such as a movie or animation)

3 : television also : the visual portion of television



Definition of video (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of the television image a video channel — compare audio

2 : being, relating to, or involving images on a television screen or computer display a video terminal

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Synonyms for video

Synonyms: Noun

tape, tape recording, vid, videotape

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Examples of video in a Sentence


We're going to rent a couple of videos to watch this weekend. She was talking about a popular video she saw on the Internet. The video of their wedding was made by a professional company. The movie is available on video and DVD. a TV channel that plays videos all day Her latest music video was first released on the Internet.


The video portion of the broadcast was fine but the sound was poor. The large video file took a while to upload on my computer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Friday, November 23, Kim tweeted a series of videos promoting her latest product launch: The KKW Beauty Glam Bible Smokey Volume 1. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "North West Does Kim Kardashian's Makeup on Social Media," 24 Nov. 2018 Unmentioned in the statements were the videos that drew vehement objections online and prompted dozens of celebrities to drop out of Wednesday’s event and call for boycotts. WSJ, "Dolce & Gabbana Tripped Up in China by Promo Deemed Racist," 22 Nov. 2018 The video below speaks for itself: As my grandmother used to say — a hit dog will holler. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Gun Control Measures in the Midterms: How You Can Make a Difference With Your Vote," 30 Oct. 2018 Autumn de Wilde, who is best known for her work on music videos will reportedly direct, and the script is by Eleanor Catton, who won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A New Adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma Is in the Works," 26 Oct. 2018 The video had more than 8,000 shares and topped 700,000 views. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Won't Believe How Easy It Is To Make A Giant-Knit Blanket," 24 Oct. 2018 One of the videos from the incident shows Cruz struggling to escape the hostile crowd amid chants and taunts. Fox News, "Protester filmed screaming 'I hate Ted Cruz,' tearing up signs in Houston neighborhood," 18 Oct. 2018 Related Video Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Democrats Plan to Pursue Most Aggressive Gun-Control Legislation in Decades," 9 Nov. 2018 In the video, Winfrey wears a shirt with bright letters that spell the word vote. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Oprah Winfrey Fires Back at Racist Robocall Targeting Stacey Abrams," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But Microsoft also plans a few key developments at the user level, including final rollouts of features the company has announced previously, such as the ability to blur backgrounds within Microsoft Teams video chats and transcribe meetings. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "New Microsoft Search, Ideas tap AI to add smart features to Microsoft's Office 365," 24 Sep. 2018 Those video files will be downlinked for Micro 11’s investigator study. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why There Are Sperm Swimming Around at the Space Station," 16 July 2018 Historical horse racing terminals resemble video gambling machines. Robert Mccoppin,, "Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'," 26 June 2018 The Emanuel administration was forced by court-order to make the video public 400 days after the incident, and several months after mayor had one reelection. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has 7 challengers and his election is still 10 months away," 2 May 2018 As yet, no conclusive photographic or video documentation exists. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings," 5 Feb. 2018 The decision to re-examine its brand portfolio comes as Time Inc. is betting more heavily on its digital and video future, and as its print advertising and circulation revenues continue to decline. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Time Inc. Explores Sale of U.K. Magazine Division," 25 July 2017 As a developer, Heidner has built Ricky Rockets gas stations, including one in Midlothian, and is a principal of Gold Rush Gaming, which operates video gambling terminals. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 The San Antonio Police Department and the National Park Service identified the three as suspects after authorities released video June 22 showing vandals using spray paint to deface the historic church. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Trio accused of vandalism at missions face federal charge," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of video


1935, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for video


Latin vidēre to see + -o (as in audio)

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The first known use of video was in 1934

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English Language Learners Definition of video

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a movie, television show, event, etc., that has been recorded onto a videocassette, DVD, etc., so that it can be watched on a television or computer screen

: a method used for recording a movie, television show, live event, etc.

: a recorded performance of a song in which visual images are shown together with the music



English Language Learners Definition of video (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the pictures that are seen in a recording or broadcast

: of, relating to, or involving videos that are shown on a television or computer screen


vid·​eo | \ˈvi-dē-ˌō \

Kids Definition of video

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the visual part of television Our broken TV showed the video but we couldn't hear the audio.

4 : a recorded performance of a song a rock video



Kids Definition of video (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : relating to or used in the sending or receiving of television images a video channel

2 : being, relating to, or involving images on a television screen or computer display

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