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

Definition of big-screen

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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

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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 Many of the countless fan theories should receive answers by the time Doctor Strange is back on the big screen. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 20 July 2021 Over on the big screen, a film prequel is also in the works at Paramount. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 19 July 2021 Actor Jason Momoa, who brings the character to life on the big screen, teased his heroic dye job on Instagram on Sunday. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 19 July 2021 Seating is reserved in the lower bowl, and the game is shown on the big screen to the 9,000 fans. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 July 2021 The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, after an unexpected year-plus delay, back on the big screen. James Grebey, Vulture, 14 July 2021 What is the ideal preparation for watching The Evil Dead on the big screen? Clark Collis,, 12 July 2021 On the big screen, Robinson has been in films including The Black Gestapo, Beowulf, Antwone Fisher, The House Bunny, and Hoovey. Katie Campione,, 12 July 2021 Per a post on its Facebook account, this downtown movie space will show the Suns-Bucks games on the big screen and in the bar. Sofia Krusmark And Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 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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The first known use of big-screen was in 1914

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“Big-screen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 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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