cin·​e·​mat·​ic | \ˌsi-nə-ˈma-tik \

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

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Other Words from cinematic

cinematically \-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of cinematic in a Sentence

a director who has produced some great cinematic moments

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Bernardo Bertolucci, a key figure in filmmaking’s New Wave movement who successfully made the leap to big-screen Hollywood stardom and became a cinematic icon, died on Monday morning in Rome. Vogue, "Bernardo Bertolucci, Director of The Last Emperor and Last Tango in Paris, Has Died at 77," 26 Nov. 2018 One of my favorites is Black Widow, the Avenger played by Scarlett Johansson in the cinematic universe. Jill Robi, Glamour, "Stan Lee Leaves Behind a Legacy of Powerful Female Characters," 13 Nov. 2018 The senior class of one Michigan high school went all-out for a hilarious school tradition of epically dressing up as famous cinematic characters and celebrities for their student ID photos, in a series of images that have since gone viral online. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Michigan high school seniors sport costumes for hilarious ID photos," 15 Sep. 2018 So there was some initial skepticism about introducing the character into DC's rebooted cinematic universe. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Hang on to your magical tridents, the final Aquaman trailer is here," 20 Nov. 2018 This custom home from Tiny Heirloom is designed with cinematic touches inspired by the owners’ daughter’s love of the theater. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tiny house channels the glamour of the theater," 4 Sep. 2018 Interesting, as part of a wider-ranging discussion of Avengers: Infinity War and Marvel’s recent cinematic output. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Marvel rules the world — for now," 3 May 2018 The latest calendar, lensed by renowned photographer Albert Watson, has a cinematic theme to it as the photographer has tapped four women to play characters and tell a story of the changing nature of ambition and success. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Talks Success and Loneliness for the 2019 Pirelli Calendar," 26 July 2018 Grab a picnic blanket, your honey and a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn for a free cinematic adventure in the park. Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: Revival Food Hall then a movie in Millennium Park," 16 June 2017

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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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The first known use of cinematic was in 1912

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English Language Learners Definition of cinematic

: of or relating to movies

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