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cineast

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noun cine·ast \ˈsi-nē-ˌast, -nē-əst\

Definition of cineast

  1. :  a devotee of motion pictures; also :  moviemaker



Did You Know?

Cineast is a French borrowing that made its American premiere in the mid-1920s. The French spliced together "ciné" and "-aste" to create "cinéaste," a word for a filmmaker or movie director. "Ciné" in French is just another word for "cinema," and "-aste" is a suffix that appears in words like "gymnaste" and "enthousiaste." "Cinéaste" underwent several changes once it was established in English. Some writers anglicized its spelling, shortening "-aste" to "-ast" (although "cineaste" and "cinéaste" are also still used). Others began to use "cineast" to mean "film buff," and that's the sense that is most common today.

Variants of cineast

or

cineaste

\-ˌast\ or

cinéaste

\-ˌast\

Origin and Etymology of cineast

French cinéaste, from ciné + -aste (as in enthousiaste enthusiast)


First Known Use: 1926


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