or V.I.P.


Origin of VIP

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vip

Contemporary Examples of vip

Historical Examples of vip

  • You and all the rest of the newshawks who were here and any fifty VIP's you want to invite.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The VIP's thought that the native population should be aware of it.

    To Choke an Ocean

    Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone

  • Goil then excused himself coldly and left for the VIP quarters.

    Jack of No Trades

    Charles Cottrell

  • These exercises executed with vim, vigor, and vip—deep breathing between each set—will take ten to fifteen minutes.

    Diet and Health

    Lulu Hunt Peters

  • Chermany cannot be vip, but Ameriga shall down mit her knees go, und Chermany shall says vords dot Ameriga does not like to hear.

British Dictionary definitions for vip


abbreviation for
  1. very important person
  2. visually impaired person
  3. vasoactive intestinal peptide: a polypeptide secreted by the small intestine during digestion and also found in the brain as a neurotransmitter: large amounts in the blood cause diarrhoea
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Word Origin and History for vip



also V.I.P., 1933, initialism for very important person or personage.

At most, the greatest persons, are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightfull conversation, but as moales for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world, that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole. [John Donne, letter to Sir Henry Goodere, Sept. 1608]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vip in Medicine


  1. vasoactive intestinal polypeptide
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vip in Culture



An abbreviation for “Very Important Person”: “The luncheon will be exclusive, with VIPs only.”

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