any of numerous, mostly colonial, nest-building wasps of the family Vespidae, as the yellow jackets, hornets, and mason wasps.


belonging or pertaining to the family Vespidae.

Origin of vespid

1895–1900; < New Latin Vespidae, equivalent to Vesp(a) a genus (Latin: wasp) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vespid

Historical Examples of vespid

  • The Hornet is the largest European species of the family of the Vespid.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for vespid



any hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, including the common wasps and hornets


of, relating to, or belonging to the family Vespidae

Word Origin for vespid

C19: from New Latin Vespidae, from Latin vespa a wasp
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