Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “vein”

See all translations

vein

noun  /veɪn/ us  

vein noun (TUBE)

[C] biology a tube that carries blood to the heart from the other parts of the body [C] biology A vein is also any of the many small tubes in the leaves of plants that carry sap (= liquid containing a plant's food)

vein noun (LAYER)

[C] a layer of a substance in a crack in rocks or earth: a vein of iron ore

vein noun (MOOD)

[U] a style or a temporary mood: She published many novels and stories in the romantic vein then popular.
Translations of “vein”
in Korean 정맥…
in Arabic وَريد…
in French veine, nervure…
in Turkish damar, kan damarı…
in Italian vena…
in Chinese (Traditional) 管, 靜脈, 葉脈…
in Russian вена, жилка…
in Polish żyła, żyłka, nerw…
in Spanish vena, nervio…
in Portuguese veia…
in German die Vene, der Blattnerv…
in Catalan vena…
in Japanese 血管…
in Chinese (Simplified) 管, 静脉, 叶脉…
(Definition of vein from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of vein?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “vein”

Definitions of “vein” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More