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

Definition of cinema 

1a : motion picture usually used attributively

b : a motion-picture theater

2a : movies especially : the film industry

b : the art or technique of making motion pictures

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Examples of cinema in a Sentence

a student of French cinema We drove by the cinema to see what was playing.

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In cinema, there’s Elizabeth Taylor’s artist-cum-adulteress in Vincente Minnelli’s drama film The Sandpiper. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 Riley said after being caught lingering in the cinema during a Grand Lake Theater premiere in Oakland last month. Peter Hartlaub,, "Rapper Boots Riley finds his place behind camera with ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 30 June 2018 Morrison was a city councilman and cinema owner in Northampton, Mass., before moving to California. Susan Dunne,, "Real Art Ways Film Programmer John Morrison Indicted On Child Porn Charges," 27 June 2018 Ironically the original Super Fly, released by Warner Bros., played as pivotal a role in the African-American cinema of the 1970s as Black Panther seems to be playing in the modern movie landscape. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Superfly rolls back the clock on African-American movie heroes," 21 June 2018 But yeah, women in cinema should not be dependent on this movie, and the same with Crazy Rich Asians [which Awkwafina will star in later this summer] — Asian Americans in movies shouldn’t be dependent on the success of that., "The Ocean's 8 Cast Kindly Requests You Stop Asking This Question," 4 June 2018 Literature has proven a fertile source of complex female roles since the dawn of cinema, with Little Women generating its first feature moving picture adaptation in 1917. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Stirring Tales of Sisterhood Adapted From the Page to the Silver Screen (That Aren’t Greta Gerwig’s Little Women)," 13 July 2018 For the sake of cinema, the cast — ranging from ages 14 to 19 — trotted back to the not-so-distant past, where braces reigned supreme and social currency was the only currency. Rebecca Farley,, "The Stars Of Eighth Grade Relive Their Middle School Horror Stories," 13 July 2018 Cooper will be given his award on Aug. 5 at the Piazza Grande outdoor cinema, where a special screening of Se7en will take place. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Locarno Fest to Honor 'Se7en' Title Designer Kyle Cooper With Vision Award," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of cinema

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cinema

short for cinematograph

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Phrases Related to cinema

go to the cinema

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English Language Learners Definition of cinema

: the film industry

: the art or technique of making movies

: a movie theater


cin·e·ma | \ ˈsi-nə-mə \

Kids Definition of cinema

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

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

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