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Definition of big-screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to movies or to the movie industry She worked on the novel's big-screen adaptation. Big-screen villains that resemble America's real-world enemies are as old as the movies themselves.Vanity Fair
2 : having a large screen a big-screen television And in my experience testing big-screen phones …, it really is far more difficult to do anything on them one-handed, including typing.— John Gruber

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Definition of big screen (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of big-screen in a Sentence

Noun many a television star has failed to make it on the big screen
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From playing the yellow Power Ranger on the big screen to topping international charts with her award-winning music to running an entire makeup company in her free time, Becky G is only getting started. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Glamour, 11 Nov. 2021 Audiences, especially younger ones who were never exposed to his entire body of work, will be given the opportunity to view the films for the first time on the big screen. Selome Hailu, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 Sleiman, 45, an openly gay actor, recently opened up to Variety about the importance of such characters on the big screen. Glenn Garner,, 6 Nov. 2021 This is a rare chance to see these on the big screen (most all in 35 mm prints), and pretty much every one is a triumph. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Also known as thumb drives or memory sticks, flash drives provide storage to back up precious photos, play movies on the big screen, or copy files from one phone or laptop to another. Simon Hill, Wired, 4 Nov. 2021 Disney has since announced its upcoming slate will play exclusively on the big screen before moving to premium video-on-demand platforms. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 3 Nov. 2021 Hairspray has been redone multiple times on Broadway and on the big screen since Lake's original performance more than three decades ago. Abigail Adams,, 29 Oct. 2021 Offhand, The Batman trailer played better in Dolby, while the Matrix Resurrections teaser absolutely rips on the big screen. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of big-screen


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Big-screen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of big-screen

: relating to movies or the movie industry
: having a large screen


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