celluloid

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noun cel·lu·loid \ˈsel-yə-ˌlȯid\

Definition of celluloid

  1. 1 :  a tough flammable thermoplastic composed essentially of cellulose nitrate and camphor

  2. 2 :  a motion-picture film a work … making its third appearance on celluloid — John McCarten

celluloid

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Origin and Etymology of celluloid

from Celluloid, a trademark


CELLULOID Defined for English Language Learners

celluloid

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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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