home video


plural home videos
: a homemade video (see video entry 1 sense 1) that is not usually intended for commercial release or distribution
We showed our friends home videos of our vacation in the Caribbean.
People are consuming millions of hours of shaky, selfie-quality home video on their phones every day.Karen Bussone
… make a home video, using a cell phone or camera, of yourself performing your selection.The Brunswick Beacon (Shallotte, North Carolina)
: prerecorded video (see video entry 1 sense 1a) marketed for home viewing
The popular TV series … returns to home video with the DVD and Blu-ray releases of … Season Three.Mike Spring
It's not clear when other [streaming] platforms will add season four, but it usually takes several months for new seasons to receive a home video release …Business Insider US

Examples of home video in a Sentence

the latest releases in home video We watched a home video of their wedding.
Recent Examples on the Web The first season of Star Trek: Prodigy is being released on home video Sept. 26. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2023 All three Disney Plus shows will become available on 4K UHD and Blu-ray later this year, marking the first time that Disney has brought its streaming-only series to home video. Emma Roth, The Verge, 21 Aug. 2023 The film is interwoven with behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals and home videos. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2023 The interviews are augmented with a profusion of disturbing period footage, including television news reports, home videos, and police surveillance. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2023 The Florida native’s career really took off when he was cast to play a young version of Ben Mendelsohn’s Bloodline character, Danny Rayburn, in mere photographs and old home videos, as that led to proper flashbacks and the critical role of Danny’s troubled son, Nolan. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2023 Barbie is still queen of the box office, but the Greta Gerwig smash is already planning its home video debut. Chris Morris, Fortune, 17 Aug. 2023 The movie grossed more than $300 million at the box office, and millions more in home video sales. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 14 Aug. 2023 Based on Michael Lewis’ 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, The Blind Side film grossed more than $300 million at the box office and has continued to rack up earnings in home video sales. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of home video was in 1980

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“Home video.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20video. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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