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: 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
: 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

big screen

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: 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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As Dune fans await the next big-screen installment in the potential trilogy, the sci-fi franchise has revealed the first trailer for Dune: Prophecy, a prequel series that will stream on Max this fall. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 15 May 2024 The film has been acquired for release by Sony Classics Pictures, and will get a big-screen theatrical rollout, the company announced Wednesday. Chris Willman, Variety, 15 May 2024 Nicholson, then 21, made his big-screen debut in Corman’s The Cry Baby Killer (1958). Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2024 The film is Fleming's first major big-screen role, after having previously played Judith Grimes on The Walking Dead and young versions of Rey and Sylvie in Star Wars and Loki, respectively. Lauren Huff,, 6 May 2024 Starring opposite Steve Carell in a big-screen reboot of the 1960s TV series, Hathaway plays Agent 99, a highly competent superspy paired with… well, the admittedly less competent but extraordinarily lucky Maxwell Smart (Carell). Chris Bellamy and Stephanie Kaloi,, 2 May 2024 Rick Moranis played the lead in the big-screen adaptation of the dark musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, alongside fellow comedians like Steve Martin, Jim Belushi and John Candy and stars including Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, Ellen Greene and Michelle Weeks. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2024 High-quality, big-screen televisions are ubiquitous in homes and bars, so fans need something more than a ticket to a nosebleed seat to entice them to attend a game. Kevin Draper Doug Mills, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Aaron Taylor-Johnson Rumored to Have Been Offered Role as Next James Bond Sean Connery became the first big-screen Bond with 1962’s Dr. No. Daniel S. Levine, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024
Rita Moreno can't get enough of former big screen costar Tom Brady! Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 Only three men have starred as the character in its nearly 50-year big screen career: Christopher Reeve (1978-87), Brandon Routh (2006) and Henry Cavill (2013-2022), not counting serials that played in movie theaters in the late 1940s and early ’50s. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 Deadpool and Wolverine previously enjoyed some big screen synergy with a spot that played in theaters ahead of 2017’s Logan, the feature that was intended as Hugh Jackman’s swan song to Wolverine. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Apr. 2024 Malhotra has been planning a big screen adaptation for several years and found a kindred spirit in Yash. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 Fuqua is directing from a script by John Logan (Skyfall), The film stars Jackson’s real-life nephew Jaafar Jackson (Jermaine Jackson's son) in his big screen debut. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 10 Apr. 2024 The Bronx rapper’s affirmations have manifested into the kind of big screen acting debut that young actors often dream of. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2024 So we got inspired by big screen divas like Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Sylva Koscina, Italian stars of the ’60s. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 The production is in the early stages of development, so fans will have to wait and see if Grier’s story becomes a big screen biopic or a series. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of big-screen was in 1914

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“Big-screen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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big screen

: the motion-picture medium as contrasted to television
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