celluloid

noun cel·lu·loid \ ˈsel-yə-ˌlȯid \

Definition of celluloid

1 : a tough flammable thermoplastic composed essentially of cellulose nitrate and camphor
2 : a motion-picture film
  • a work … making its third appearance on celluloid
  • —John McCarten

celluloid

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of celluloid

from Celluloid, a trademark


CELLULOID Defined for English Language Learners

celluloid

Definition of celluloid for English Language Learners

  • : a tough kind of plastic that was used in the past to make photographic film and other products

  • : the film used to make movies



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