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.

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There is so much talent wasted in this movie Universal Pictures Welcome to Marwen is the latest film from director Robert Zemeckis, long one of cinema’s most compelling tinkerers. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Welcome to Marwen is just about the worst movie anybody involved in it has ever made," 20 Dec. 2018 This film spells the end of a story that's crossed three generations and took more than 40 years to see to completion, growing into one of the most influential pieces of science fiction in cinema history. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars Episode IX," 17 Sep. 2018 The reason to look afresh at cinema subscriptions is that the old model is struggling. The Economist, "MoviePass’s useful financial horror show," 12 July 2018 Of course, the exhibit is solely focused on the pre WWII years of the late 1930s and early 1940s (complete with fascinating newsreels and cinema clips of WWII movies). Trudy Rubin,, "New Holocaust Museum exhibit reminds of how U.S. rejected desperate refugees before | Trudy Rubin," 3 July 2018 But with or without that film, the 2018 schedule for his annual cinema celebration is packed with movies about relevant issues. Detroit Free Press, "Traverse City Film Festival lineup will tackle controversies of 2018 America," 29 June 2018 Saudi Arabia appears committed to becoming a big player in the cinema industry. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Frameworks lease kicks off next phase north Houston industrial park," 21 June 2018 Eunice Gayson, a British stage and film actress who earned a place in cinema history as the first Bond girl, died June 8. kansascity, "In memoriam through June 15: Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton, Neal Boyd of ‘AGT’," 15 June 2018 In cinema history, there are times when a collection of artists come together and make some films. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can Pixar, with its original leader leaving, extend its golden age?," 13 June 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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The first known use of cinema was in 1909

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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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