big screen


Definition of big screen

: the motion-picture medium often as contrasted to television a story adapted for the big screen

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big-screen \ ˈbig-​ˌskrēn How to pronounce big-screen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of big screen in a Sentence

many a television star has failed to make it on the big screen

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Nearly everyone in the audience (which included actresses Tilda Swinton and her daughter, Honor; Anna Mouglalis; Audrey Marnay; Naomi Watts; Raffey Cassidy; and Chloë Sevigny) was watching the film on the big screen for the first time. Vogue, "Chanel Conquers Venice With Tilda Swinton, Naomi Watts, and More," 7 Sep. 2018 This time, studios are betting audiences will think the latest round of summer releases is actually worth seeing on the big screen, for all the persistent worries about changing viewer habits and franchise fatigue. Ryan Faughnder,, "Hollywood hopes for a rebound with a slew of summer blockbusters — including 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'," 22 May 2018 The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s creative collective has planned their series remarkably well, building to this weekend’s big release, when a dozen or so of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters can share the big screen for one epic battle. Noel Murray, The Verge, "What to watch this weekend after Avengers: Infinity War," 27 Apr. 2018 The duo danced for the big screen and took turns playfully stroking each other’s beards . Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal," 11 Feb. 2019 Now, eighty years later, Gone With the Wind is returning to the big screen. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Gone With the Wind' Is Returning to Theaters for the Film's 80th Anniversary," 31 Jan. 2019 First introduced in comic books in 1941 (not long after Marvel Comics debuted a similar hero, the Sub-Mariner), the Atlantean adventurer Aquaman has had a choppy journey to the big screen. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream a different version of Aquaman from home," 21 Dec. 2018 There were audible gasps from the grandstand at the bottom of the course as fans watched on the big screen. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds," 5 Feb. 2019 Yes, the three actors played superheros on the big screen, but there’s something equally powerful about their united style front. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Cast of Black Panther Is the Golden Globes’s Chicest Trio," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of big screen

1914, in the meaning defined above

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