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

That follows the release of its official music video and a remix of the song by Sir Spyro, featuring Aitch and JayKae. Paul Sexton, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Scores Fourth U.K. No. 1 With 'Lover' Album," 31 Aug. 2019 Nine days later, Cummings released his commitment video to Kentucky on Twitter. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Preview of the future: UK commit Izayah Cummings vs. U of L commit Josh Minkins," 31 Aug. 2019 More has been outspoken about Foxx’s handling of Smollett but in her two-minute video does not address the scandal. Annie Sweeney,, "Former prosecutor Donna More announces Democratic challenge to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx," 31 Aug. 2019 The video had been shared over 4,000 times as of Saturday afternoon. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD chief: Punch in Shortridge High School incident captured on video was 'not taught or reasonable'," 31 Aug. 2019 Her character videos have racked up over 30 million views on social media. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "The J announces brand new comedy program," 30 Aug. 2019 Katy Perry chose an adorably furry friend to star in her latest music video — her dog, Nugget. Eric Todisco,, "Katy Perry's Dog Nugget Stars in Music Video for Her New Single 'Small Talk'," 30 Aug. 2019 Check out the video above for ideas on how to decorate your office three different ways. Maya Mcdowell, ELLE Decor, "This Versatile Desk Is the Perfect Anchor to Any Office Style," 29 Aug. 2019 When the video resumes, Gallegos can be seen going in and out of the bedroom. Emilie Eaton,, "Husband of missing San Antonio woman seen unloading chainsaw, two shovels in front of home, police say," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Biden, who skipped the event to campaign in New Hampshire, focused mostly on slamming Trump in a video message to the activists. Joe Garofoli,, "Democrats sounding less aspirational, more confrontational," 24 Aug. 2019 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

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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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