cin·​e·​mat·​ic | \ ˌsi-nə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce cinematic (audio) \

Definition of cinematic

1 : of, relating to, suggestive of, or suitable for motion pictures or the filming of motion pictures cinematic principles and techniques cinematic special effects
2 : filmed and presented as a motion picture cinematic fantasies a cinematic adaptation of a novel

Other Words from cinematic

cinematically \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cinematic in a Sentence

a director who has produced some great cinematic moments
Recent Examples on the Web The result is an absorbing, cinematic read with heart. E.a. Aymar, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 The latest installment in the cinematic Monsterverse, the movie pits Godzilla and King Kong against each other as humans are caught in the balance. Jen Juneau,, 13 May 2022 The director of The Godfather wants to make one more cinematic magnum opus before the end of his career, and now the cast has officially been set. Christian Holub,, 13 May 2022 No doubt the front row, star-studded as per usual with the likes of Léa Seydoux, Gemma Chan, Ana de Armas and Renate Reinsve, appreciated the cinematic qualities of the setting. Erik Maza, Town & Country, 13 May 2022 With an ensemble cast including Divian Ladwa, Cathy Tyson and George Georgiou, the half hour episodes feature cinematic soundscapes, an original score and immersive sound design by Benbrick. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 12 May 2022 In theaters and streaming, new cinematic offerings are plentiful every weekend for the foreseeable future. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 It’s not as high-quality as, day, a drone in the Mavic line — which are built for cinematic video. Christian De Looper, BGR, 10 May 2022 For devotees of old films, listening to it brings back memories of countless midcentury movie scores that quoted its melodies, and so, by now this music blends redolences of vintage cinematic Americana with grand European pianistic virtuosity. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cinematic

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cinematic

see cinema

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18 May 2022

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“Cinematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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