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

To get something out of the way, this video is amazing. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "This Reimagined Star Wars Fight Scene Is Amazing—but Mostly Makes Me Sad," 8 May 2019 The full YouTube video is just over seven minutes and showcases Stone using a multitude of products — as well as a wig cap to hide his hair — to create the look. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Makeup Vlogger Transformed Himself Into Stormi Webster, and People Are Creeped Out," 18 Apr. 2019 Yet the video was widely available online Friday as the tech platforms scrambled to pull down the offending posts only to have... Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Facebook, YouTube, Twitter Scramble to Remove Video of New Zealand Mosque Shooting," 15 Mar. 2019 Here's the adorable moment again, frame by frame, because one video isn't enough to capture it all: Kate, who's known to be great with kids and has three of her own, had plenty of sweet moments with children during her Dundee trip. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Had a Precious Reaction When a Little Girl Touched Her Hair," 29 Jan. 2019 The images are supplemented by a 360-degree video function that helps buyers better envision each piece in a space. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "See Inside Ben Soleimani’s Fast-Paced, Stylish Worlds in California and London," 17 Apr. 2019 Fortunately, a YouTube user caught the historic moment on video. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson Met on 'American Idol' Long Before They Were Related," 14 Apr. 2019 While walking his two dogs on the sands of the Santa Monica beach on Monday, Bradley Cooper accidentally photobombed an outdoor boxing session, and it was all recorded on video. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Accidentally Photobombed a Beach Workout Session," 10 Apr. 2019 And people like Kent Ekeroth who, as spokesperson for Sweden Democrats, another (yawn) far-right party, was captured on video arming himself with an aluminum pipe after trying to pick a fight with a comedian of Kurdish descent. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "I Watched the New Steve Bannon Documentary, The Brink, So You Don’t Have To," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Bishop Glen John Provost of the Diocese of Lake Charles said in a video message . Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Louisiana diocese releases names of clerics accused of abuse," 11 Apr. 2019 Claims for a penalty were dismissed by referee Ruddy Buquet, whose video assistants either did not spot the infraction or deemed it an accidental handball. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Fabregas almost creates winner as Monaco draws at Marseille," 13 Jan. 2019 There’s even a detachable Harman Kardon speaker and picture-in-picture capability, allowing two video inputs to coincide on the same monitor. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga slim down with 8th-gen Core chips for 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 Elsewhere Facebook finished rolling out its video tab globally on the desktop as well as mobile, and is introducing mid-roll advertising to more companies. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Of course, Mahomes also has had to overcome the loss of starting running back Kareem Hunt, who gained 824 yards in 11 games this season before being released when video evidence of a domestic violence allegation surfaced last month. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs," 17 Dec. 2018 Lambert had sent video evidence of the harassment to his supervisors, and filed a legal complaint against Tesla for not taking action. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Black Tesla factory workers describe racism and discrimination, NYT reports," 30 Nov. 2018 Some patients use their video time to vent, and that’s fine, too. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 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 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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