cin·​e·​ma | \ ˈsi-nə-mə How to pronounce cinema (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Movie studios are currently scrambling to shift large chunks of their film releases in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and cinema closures. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "Here Are All the Movies Delayed Because of the Coronavirus — With Some New Release Dates," 14 Jan. 2021 In the future, all movies will be probably subject to such individual negotiations, both cinema and studio executives have said. Kelly Gilblom,, "‘Wonder Woman’ Likely to Lasso More TV Viewers Than Theatergoers," 25 Dec. 2020 The usual distinctions between cinema and television, already permeable to begin with, continue to melt away. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Film or television? Who cares? Why the L.A. Film Critics voted ‘Small Axe’ 2020’s best," 21 Dec. 2020 Therefore, even though ‘Dune’ is about cinema and audiences, AT&T is about its own survival on Wall Street. Washington Post, "Why filmmakers are so furious about Warner’s HBO Max deal," 16 Dec. 2020 A year ago, the Pine Bluff Commercial reported that Felix Waller, owner of Apex Cinema of Oklahoma, was expressing his desire to bring one of his multiscreen cinema and fun centers to Pine Bluff. Eplunus Colvin, Arkansas Online, "Theater part of a vision for Pine Bluff," 6 Dec. 2020 The decision ultimately led to an agreement between the studio and cinema chains AMC and Cinemark to shorten the standard theatrical exclusivity of a film from 90 days to 17. cleveland, "‘Wonder Woman 1984’ headed to theaters, HBO Max on Christmas Day," 19 Nov. 2020 The virtual cinema model that emerged during the pandemic was a great idea, but it’s not always intuitive to use and sure not as simple as clicking on an app. New York Times, "This Year Was a Disaster. We Hope the Sequel Is Better.," 30 Dec. 2020 The films of the Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang and Asian cinema in general. Raymond Ang, WSJ, "What 18 Celebrities and Tastemakers Streamed and Read During the Pandemic," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of cinema was in 1909

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“Cinema.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce cinema (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cinema

: the film industry
: the art or technique of making movies
chiefly British : a movie theater


cin·​e·​ma | \ ˈsi-nə-mə How to pronounce cinema (audio) \

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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