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

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celluloid adjective

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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 In 2015, a group of filmmakers including Christopher Nolan spearheaded an effort to keep Kodak — the last remaining maker of motion picture film — producing celluloid as a creative option for filmmakers. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Dunkirk' to 'The Post,' Some Key Oscar Contenders Relied on Film," 25 Dec. 2017 Besides billiard balls, celluloid was used to make lady’s combs and other fashion products like buttons, collars and dentures. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Once Upon a Time, Exploding Billiard Balls Were An Everyday Thing," 6 Apr. 2017 Lensed on celluloid in big-sky Montana, the old-fashioned picture will win the hearts of some viewers simply by existing. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Ballad of Lefty Brown': Film Review," 15 Oct. 2017 And how much could conductor Richard Kaufman contribute hemmed in by the pace of celluloid? Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra and Amadeus: still a big tease," 22 Sep. 2017 Besides billiard balls, celluloid was used to make lady’s combs and other fashion products like buttons, collars and dentures. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Once Upon a Time, Exploding Billiard Balls Were An Everyday Thing," 6 Apr. 2017 That’s because the balls were made of celluloid, an early plastic that was, unfortunately, combustible. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Once Upon a Time, Exploding Billiard Balls Were An Everyday Thing," 6 Apr. 2017 Early in their history, the movies were greeted as the great equalizer, a democratic ideal in beautiful celluloid, a mass medium for the masses. Manohla Dargis And A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Hollywood, Separate and Unequal," 16 Sep. 2016

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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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celluloid

noun

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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