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

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Other Words from celluloid

celluloid adjective

Examples of celluloid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So just the idea alone of putting a musical on celluloid was, like, heart-stopping to me. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Enjoying Herself," 11 Apr. 2021 And Snyder’s work in the past, such as the stunning opening credits of Watchmen, commits comic-book panels extremely faithfully to celluloid. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Zack Snyder’s Justice League Is the Ultimate Fan Service," 20 Mar. 2021 Kevin Macdonald Containing the life and musical career of Bob Marley on celluloid is a rare treat, given the maestro’s story and impact on world music. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "14 Films To Watch Before Reggae Month Is Over," 27 Feb. 2021 Shooting on grainy celluloid would have automatically evoked old Hollywood, but Messerschmidt said that approach was never seriously considered. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The People Who Can See Inside David Fincher’s Head," 9 Dec. 2020 What a tonic was all this family fun on a bit of urban asphalt, far smaller than your typical field of celluloid dreams but doing the job, nonetheless. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: At Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 'Beatrix Potter Drive-In,’ the pint-sized people in the back seat get their due," 11 Oct. 2020 Per the museum’s educational YouTube channel, BrainScoop, he and colleague Leon Walters learned to create sculptural replicas of animals using an early plastic called celluloid. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Chicago Field Museum Celebrates the Work of African American Taxidermist Carl Cotton," 4 Mar. 2020 In 2004, Christopher Reeve, the ‘‘Superman’’ of celluloid who became a quadriplegic after a May 1995 horse riding accident, died in Mount Kisco, N.Y., at age 52. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1845, the Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Md.," 10 Oct. 2019 Thursday’s packed house saluted this Beethoven of celluloid, a spry 86-year-old, with a standing ovation before he had conducted a note. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "John Williams explores galaxies far and near in enjoyable CSO program of his film music," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of celluloid was in 1870

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19 Apr 2021

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“Celluloid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celluloid. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of celluloid

: 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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