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

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 actors now take roles for both television and the big screen
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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 5 Oct. 2022.

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