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 The Criterion Channel Launched in the wake of dearly departed cinephile site FilmStruck, this highbrow platform just celebrated its first birthday. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "5 ways TV, film and music snobs can go beyond Netflix during quarantine," 30 Apr. 2020 To exchange recommendations with your fellow cinephiles, join a site like Letterboxd, a social networking service for film geeks. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Social distancing doesn't have to doom your weekends. We have ideas," 14 Mar. 2020 The music fans who would have streamed into Coachella and the cinephiles alighting in Cannes retrace ancient routs and rites of pilgrimage. New York Times, "What Happens When We Lose the Art That Brings Us Together?," 20 Mar. 2020 Phoenix continued, calling on the cinephiles in the audience and at home to sacrifice animal products for the good of the planet. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "How Joaquin Phoenix turned his awards show run into a social justice campaign," 10 Feb. 2020 The news of the theater’s demise caught the attention of the foundation, as well as a group of philanthropic cinephiles who agreed to contribute the $1.2 million to save the theater. J.k. Dineen,, "Nonprofit swooping in to save SF neighborhood movie theaters rescues Opera Plaza," 5 Feb. 2020 Take this film map and head out on the cinephile's road trip of a lifetime. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "A movie lover's guide to the most famous film locations in Texas," 28 Feb. 2020 The idea of the Oscars, however, should still matter, even to those who might not count themselves as cinephiles. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The Oscars still matter. But the winners do not," 6 Feb. 2020 Perhaps to the chagrin of cinephile traditionalists, Alamo has embraced partnerships with streaming companies. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "This year will be the first real litmus test for the streaming vs. theater debate," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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“Cinephile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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