cinephile

noun
cine·​phile | \ ˈsi-nə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce cinephile (audio) \

Definition of cinephile

: a devotee of motion pictures

Examples of cinephile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who Seems to Have Everything Got a cinephile on your hands? Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 Unlike such contemporaneous directorial heroes as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, and Brian De Palma, Cimino didn’t grow up as a cinephile. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 22 May 2022 Hader, a passionate cinephile with a keen eye for tragicomic details and action choreography, directed the first two episodes of the new season. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2022 Johnson: Any cinephile can attest that Kurosawa films and the like have a distinct vibe, from the look and feel to the sound and music. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 13 Apr. 2022 Leto refers to himself as a life-long cinephile and fondly remembers childhood trips to independent theaters with his mom. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 Not even the most meal-conscious cinephile could resist what Campion and del Toro have cooked up over their careers. Brent Lang, Variety, 15 Dec. 2021 Bogdanovich, who died Thursday morning at age 82, was as much a movie fan as any hardcore cinephile, starting out as a film critic and working as a film programmer in New York City's Museum of Modern Art in the 1960s. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 Bogdanovich, born in 1939, grew up in Manhattan as a precocious adolescent cinephile. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cinephile

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinephile

French cinéphile, from ciné + -phile

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4 Aug 2022

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“Cinephile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cinephile. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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