from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who willfully or maliciously defaces or destroys public or private property.
- n. A member of a Germanic people that overran Gaul, Spain, and northern Africa in the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. and sacked Rome in 455.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of an ancient east Germanic tribe famous for sacking Rome.
- adj. Of or relating to the Vandals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a Teutonic race, formerly dwelling on the south shore of the Baltic, the most barbarous and fierce of the northern nations that plundered Rome in the 5th century, notorious for destroying the monuments of art and literature.
- n. Hence, one who willfully destroys or defaces any work of art or literature, or anything valluable.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Vandals; resembling the Vandals in barbarism and destructiveness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a Germanic race who first appeared in middle and southern Germany, and in the first half of the fifth century ravaged Gaul, Spain, northern Africa, etc., and in 455 Rome itself, with enormous damage to accumulated treasures of art and literature.
- n. [lowercase] One who wilfully or ignorantly destroys or disfigures any work of art, literature, or the like; one who is hostile to or wantonly attacks anything that is beautiful or venerable.
- Of or pertaining to a vandal or vandalism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who willfully destroys or defaces property
- n. a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455
Latin Vandalus, Vandal, probably of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)