cel·​lu·​loid | \ ˈsel-yə-ˌlȯid How to pronounce celluloid (audio) \

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

Other Words from celluloid

celluloid adjective

Examples of celluloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 1996 Irma Vep was partly a response to the reality that celluloid, with its fragility and warmth, was giving way to the relative soullessness of digital means. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 6 June 2022 The days of shooting on celluloid or videotape, stored on shelves or in vaults, are long gone, with disks and clouds dominating the storage landscape. Ashley Lan, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Together, Hurt and Turner have some of the most scorching chemistry ever put on down on celluloid. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Mar. 2022 But right now, the state’s boom has more to do with celluloid. Carole Horst, Variety, 29 Nov. 2021 The company’s popular Adamantine black mantel clocks used a patented celluloid veneer made to imitate wood grain, onyx or marble and glued to a wood case. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2022 Los Angeles Plays Itself’ The City of Angels is ready for its closeup in Thom Andersen’s exhaustive 2003 film essay exploring the myriad ways Los Angeles has been depicted on celluloid from the silent era to the present day. Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021 That, after 18 months of living through screens, the boundaries between fashion and celluloid fantasy had finally collapsed, split down the seams. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The story is set against the backdrop of Indian cinemas witnessing a massive transition from celluloid to digital where hundreds of single-screen cinemas are either in ruins or have disappeared altogether. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of celluloid

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for celluloid

from Celluloid, a trademark

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17 Jun 2022

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“Celluloid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celluloid. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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