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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That’s because the balls were made of celluloid, an early plastic that was, unfortunately, combustible.
Early in their history, the movies were greeted as the great equalizer, a democratic ideal in beautiful celluloid, a mass medium for the masses.
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Origin and Etymology of celluloid
from Celluloid, a trademark
First Known Use: 1870See Words from the same year
CELLULOID Defined for English Language Learners
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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