cin·​e·​mat·​ic ˌsi-nə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce cinematic (audio)
: of, relating to, suggestive of, or suitable for motion pictures or the filming of motion pictures
cinematic principles and techniques
cinematic special effects
: filmed and presented as a motion picture
cinematic fantasies
a cinematic adaptation of a novel
cinematically adverb

Examples of cinematic in a Sentence

a director who has produced some great cinematic moments
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Word History


see cinema

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cinematic was in 1912

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“Cinematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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