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

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Examples of video in a Sentence

Noun 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. Adjective 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 Former President Barack Obama endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, his former vice president, in a video Tuesday that marked his return to the political stage as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Barack Obama Endorses Joe Biden for President," 14 Apr. 2020 Most notably on April 4 Cincinnati police arrested the man behind a YouTube video narrating a large gathering in Over-the-Rhine Friday night and charged him with violating Dewine's stay-at-home order. Sharon Coolidge,, "Chief Isaac: So far 10 in Cincinnati charged with violating DeWine stay-at-home order," 13 Apr. 2020 Surgeon General Jerome Adams shared a video showing how it can be done with items from around the house, like scarves, hand towels or even an old t-shirt. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Surgeon General Jerome Adams uses Indiana HIV outbreak experience to fight coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Bernie Sanders threw his support behind Joe Biden in a livestream video Monday afternoon, a move to unite the Democratic Party ahead of the presidential nomination. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president: "We need you in the White House"," 13 Apr. 2020 Morris said Assange watched the birth of both his children at London hospitals via video link and met the eldest, Gabriel, for the first time after he was smuggled into the Ecuadorian embassy. Fox News, "Julian Assange's secret fiancée claims he fathered two sons in Ecuadorian embassy, pleas for his release amid coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 But a video-link meeting of G20 leaders was organized by France, and Germany, China and Russia are the ones sending aid. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The world's fragmented coronavirus response suits Trump just fine," 12 Apr. 2020 Last year, the Popular Mechanics staff lit up over a video showing a creature that's either a rabbit or a raven. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why We've Fallen for Optical Illusions for Thousands of Years," 12 Apr. 2020 Posting a video or picture on social media could lead to a protestor being identified by the police or to escape routes being closed. TheWeek, "Sometimes the most powerful act of resistance is to do nothing," 12 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In a video message, Danko said Butler was still working on finalizing plans for a return and would lean on the guidance of health care experts and governmental leaders. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, "What colleges in Indiana are saying about plans to reopen in the fall 2020 semester," 27 May 2020 The carrier may be forced into the first involuntary furloughs in its 49-year history if travel demand doesn’t pick up more swiftly over the summer, Kelly said Friday in a video message to employees. Mary Schlangenstein,, "Southwest Air Signals Jobs Risk With Plan for 30% Cut in Flying," 26 May 2020 Stanford's Shaw is expected to express his thoughts on Hoffpauir in a video message, Doug said. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Family donates former Centennial, Stanford athlete Zach Hoffpauir's brain for CTE research," 20 May 2020 From the top of Bird Ridge on a recent bluebird day, Swayman recorded a video message to Boston Bruins fans. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "As he waits to join the Boston Bruins, Anchorage goalie Jeremy Swayman trades pucks for peaks," 13 May 2020 Late Friday, Guaidó filmed a video message distancing himself from the operation. Los Angeles Times, "Maduro buoyed, Guaidó reeling after failed amphibious raid in Venezuela," 10 May 2020 Kittle cried Saturday during a video message to Staley. Eric Branch,, "Outpouring of love and respect as Joe Staley says goodbye to the 49ers," 28 Apr. 2020 While Putin hasn't ever been relatable, his video message to Christians on Orthodox Easter this weekend really drove home the point. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Russians fed up with Putin as infections, deaths from coronavirus grow," 23 Apr. 2020 Moore said in a video message and an internal memo to Los Angeles Police Department officers, which also directed the rank-and-file to begin providing security at emergency shelters for the homeless. NBC News, "India starts 14-hour curfew to curb coronavirus spread," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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17 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Video.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce video (audio)

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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