vid·​eo | \ ˈvi-dē-ˌō How to pronounce video (audio) \

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

McPhee also shared other videos and photos of her trip to her Instagram Story. Morgan M. Evans,, "Katharine McPhee Jokes About David Foster’s Instagram Husband Skills During Italian Honeymoon," 8 July 2019 And our new Speaker Series, which will begin in 2020, will feature National Geographic writers and explorers talking about their journeys and showing videos and photos. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla Music Society will celebrate 51st year with biggest season ever," 7 July 2019 His staging may have the appearance of avant-garde theater: live video and harsh lighting, designed, along with the set, by Mr. van Hove’s frequent collaborator Jan Versweyveld. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: Ivo van Hove’s ‘Mahagonny’ Does Justice to Brecht and Weill," 7 July 2019 Check out our photos and video for a glimpse of what to expect. Marc Bona,, "Play Ball Park: Sights, sounds, what to know," 7 July 2019 Here are some of the best pictures and videos to emerge from the first week of pre-season prep., "Pre-Season 2019: The Best Pics and Videos as Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea & More Return to Training," 6 July 2019 Images and videos of the brawl quickly circulated among Uighurs back in Xinjiang, including gory scenes of what appeared to be a Han Chinese man dragging a dead Uighur by his hair. Washington Post, "China locks down Xinjiang a decade after deadly ethnic riots," 6 July 2019 The footage was made public in June 2018 as part of a Nevada Supreme Court decision to release related documents, videos and 9-1-1 calls made during the shooting. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Las Vegas Police Officer Fired Months After He 'Froze' During Response to Route 91 Mass Shooter," 5 July 2019 More stories, photos and videos at Chabeli Herrera,, "The moon is a graveyard of Apollo astronaut trash. Here’s what we’ll find when we return.," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In line with that, Naspers has also chosen to spin-off MultiChoice Group, its video entertainment arm, and list it as a separate entity on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s most valuable company has appointed its first black female CEO," 4 July 2019 The video moves backwards in time, from the height of the massacre to the portion earlier in the night when Madonna’s character was at the club dancing. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Paradox of Madonna’s Gun-Control Music Video," 3 July 2019 Given how video-happy Facebook’s userbase is, that seems insane. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Here's What a Paid Version of Facebook Might Look Like," 8 May 2018 Revering Martin for her talents and achievements was Little co-star Issa Rae, who shared her praise for the upcoming Hollywood executive in a video message. Alexandra Del Rosario, The Hollywood Reporter, "Marsai Martin, Byron Allen Call for Industry Accountability at Annual Culture Creators Innovators & Leaders Awards," 23 June 2019 Morales is also helping the theater put together a video message in sign language for the lobby that will explain things such as where the exits and the bathrooms are located. Pat Eaton-robb,, "UConn providing sign language interpreters for musicals," 12 June 2019 When Ortiz made good on his word, Schutte sent him a video message. Emily Sweeney,, "Young Red Sox fan wishes David Ortiz a speedy recovery after Ortiz supported him," 11 June 2019 In Oregon, where the government owns and operates video gambling machines through the state lottery, the tax rate is 73%. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry," 10 June 2019 The Duke of Cambridge has used a video message (above) to call on people consider volunteering. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Prince Harry Team Up to Launch Shout, a Crisis Text Line," 9 May 2019

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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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video arcade


video camera

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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 How to pronounce video (audio) \

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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