cinema

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noun cin·e·ma \ˈsi-nə-mə, British also -ˌmä\

Definition of cinema

  1. 1a :  motion picture —usually used attributivelyb :  a motion-picture theater

  2. 2a :  movies; especially :  the film industryb :  the art or technique of making motion pictures

Examples of cinema in a Sentence

  1. a student of French cinema

  2. We drove by the cinema to see what was playing.

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Origin and Etymology of cinema

short for cinematograph


First Known Use: 1909



CINEMA Defined for English Language Learners

cinema

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noun

Definition of cinema for English Language Learners

  • : the film industry

  • : the art or technique of making movies

  • : a movie theater


CINEMA Defined for Kids

cinema

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noun cin·e·ma \ˈsi-nə-mə\

Definition of cinema for Students

  1. 1 :  a movie theater What's playing at the cinema?

  2. 2 :  the movie industry She had a long career in the cinema.



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