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

Altered assessment: After outrage, judge orders suspect in attack of woman caught on video to wear ankle monitor. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Businesses take a beating in downtown Oakland," 19 Aug. 2019 The horrific incident was captured on surveillance video. Chris Harris,, "Texas Toddler Is Killed by Car in Parking Lot After Mother Leaves Him Alone, and Mom Is Charged," 19 Aug. 2019 Much of the trial focused on video of the incident from several sources, which showed the minute-long brawl from various angles. Colin Moynihan,, "Two members of Proud Boys convicted in brawl near Republican club," 19 Aug. 2019 Court documents say he was seen on video placing one of the rice cookers near an elevator. Amir Vera And Laura Ly, CNN, "The man accused of placing rice cookers around New York was arraigned on placing false bomb charges," 18 Aug. 2019 But this last week also shined a surprising spotlight on CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who threatened a man on video after being taunted in public. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The New 'New Colossus'," 18 Aug. 2019 Also featured in the video is their 2-year-old daughter Ember, who looked as sweet as ever eating a cupcake with blue icing and sniffing a blue flower. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Former 'LPBW' Stars Audrey and Jeremy Roloff Announce the Sex of Their Baby With an Emotional Video," 18 Aug. 2019 In the music video, the camera pans to a wall hung with paintings of baby chicks surrounding a painting of iconic country band the Dixie Chicks. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Fans Already Have So Many Theories About the Official Lover Tracklist," 17 Aug. 2019 An internal police department investigation has cleared a New Britain police officer — involved in a 2017 deadly shooting — of using excessive force when arresting a man last month in an incident captured on video. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Probe clears New Britain police officer involved in 2017 deadly shooting of using excessive force in July arrest," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The commemoration also included a video message by U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), a special address by Florida Lt. Sergio Carmona,, "South Floridians remember, seek justice 25 years following AMIA bombing," 18 July 2019 Thus any photographic or video evidence of such a missile launcher near the location at the time of the crash would be damning because such missile systems are not common, and are certainly not available to non-state actors. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism," 10 June 2019 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

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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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